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Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Nashville and similar institutions offer a 16 month program designed to certify students in electrical, plumbing and carpentry fields, which could result in more skilled construction workers.
in entrepreneurial endeavors, while the rest prefer to dabble in other fields of study, an instructor said.
With teens being pushed toward college and older workers entering retirement, many construction companies, such as Nashville's Shaub Construction Co., are finding that there are not enough skilled workers to fill the positions available.
"We have a good mix of seasoned vets and young eager guys starting out," Stinson said. "Our young guys are usually in their mid to late 20s, skilled, but have room for growth."
"We are pursuing skilled carpenters and knowledgeable superintendents," said Bic Parma, vice president of Shaub Construction. "We place ads, but many of the candidates we see simply do not have the experience that we need."
With teens being pushed toward college and older workers entering retirement, many construction companies are finding there are not enough skilled workers to fill available positions.(Photo: File / AFP / Getty Images)
Construction companies face worker shortage
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"Most of the guys we employ have 10 plus years on the job. Our superintendents typically have more understanding of the intricacies of the job," Shaub Construction's Parma said.
so I try to match employers with quality employees," said Steve Lane, instructor of building construction technology.
Turner Construction Co., with offices in Nashville and Huntsville, Ala., has also experienced a noticeable gap in the qualified job applicants.
However, Trace Ventures exercises a slightly different approach.
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The AGCA estimates that a majority of the 2 million construction workers who lost their jobs during the Great Recession either retired or found careers in other industries. Currently, seasoned veterans, ages 45 and older, account for nearly half of the construction workforce.
"We prefer quality over quantity," she said. "They have to be a cut above and highly skilled, while maintaining a professional appearance, because families are usually living in the homes while we're working on them."
The Associated General Contractors of America, which represents 30,000 companies, established a plan that aims to coax more people into enrolling in newly established charter schools focused on technical training and nonunion apprenticeship programs.
Trace Ventures Inc., a Nashville based privately owned construction company specializing in remodeling, renovating and add ons, typically maintains a team of five to 10 "highly skilled" workers. While co owner Martha Stinson is aware of the shortage of construction workers, she said Trace has been unaffected.
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