Residential and public-works projects have been fueling a Colorado construction boom over the past couple of years.
The numbers are, in fact, quite dramatic, with the value of home starts alone nearly doubling from 2009 to more than $14 billion last year.
In metro Denver alone, 2013 construction starts were valued at $6.9 billion, up 146 percent from $2.8 billion in 2009.
As we all know, all of that work has meant a shortage of laborers in the market. Colorado saw 7,700 construction jobs added between July 2013 and this July, the ninth-highest increase in the U.S. At the same time, a lot of the most skilled people have retired.
Apprentice Personnel has helped to fill thousands of constructions jobs in the years since the Great Recession.
Drywall installers, masons, carpenters and laborers have all found work through our placements.
Now, two big industry groups, Associated General Contractors of Colorado and the Colorado Contractors Association, have teamed up to create a jobs portal, BuildColorado.com, to help line workers up with construction-sector employers.
According to a survey earlier this year by AGC America, 93 percent of the respondents expect it would remain tough over the next 12 months to find qualified construction workers.
“We know that Colorado is filled with talented people who want to have fulfilling careers, and the construction industry is ripe with opportunity,” said Michael Gifford, president and CEO of AGC Colorado. “This tool will play an important role in creating lasting careers for Colorado residents and build on our strategy to improve the construction industry in our state.”
Prospective employers will be able to submit job postings to AGC Colorado and CCA. The organizations will work together to review and verify the postings.
Training opportunities such as apprenticeships will also be posted on the site.
About the Author
Will has enjoyed a 20-year career in leadership positions in the hospitality and travel industry throughout the U.S. with the Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton, Renaissance and Steamboat Ski and Resort corporations. Will received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 2000-2007, he served as President and CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Vice President-Special Projects for the University of Colorado Foundation from 2007 to 2009. Will is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Homeland Defense Foundation and former member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is married to Nan, has five wonderful children, and enjoys coaching, traveling, hiking, golfing and skiing.