Staffing Can Help Ease Looming Construction-worker Shortages

By Lon Matejczyk

As the construction industry struggles to regain its footing following the recession, many are worried about a looming shortage of skilled workers.

The construction industry has not completely recovered so the demand for workers is not as high as it once was — at the moment.

The problem is, as jobs for skilled workers disappeared during the height of the recession, many workers abandoned the profession to take other jobs or retire.

That has generated worries about what will happen when the jobs return, as they are now.

If there is a big construction boom, many are telling us they don’t know where the workers would come from.

With time needed to train workers from entry-level to higher-performing skills, many employers are expecting a gap in worker availability.

It’s an issue that Apprentice Personnel is ready to address.

Shortages in skilled positions, such as pipe-fitters or electricians, are expected to be the toughest to offset. But even general laborers may be difficult to find, too.

That’s why Apprentice Personnel has hundreds of construction workers at the ready, available and trained to help get the job done. 

About the Author

Lon Matejczyk

Lon is the former publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group.He has served in leadership roles at various newspapers in Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin. Lon received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Earlier in his career, Lon spent several years as a sea captain and held a 100-ton Coast Guard license. Lon is a former rugby player, referee and administrator and now coaches under 13 year old kids. Lon has served on the boards of numerous community and business organizations including Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Peak Venture Group, CS Quality of Life Indicators Business Index Committee, Junior Achievement and is a member of The Colorado Thirty Group.  Lon was given the “Making the Pikes Peak region a better place to live work and play” award by the CS Chamber of Commerce, was the VFW Post 1’s business citizen of the year.

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