Staffing In The Construction Industry

By Larry Hannappel

The construction industry is cyclical by nature, often experiencing upswings as the economy rebounds or slowdowns due to poor weather.

Getting the right people in the right positions at the time they’re needed is critical, especially when trying to create a solid team.

It’s just not practical for contractors to spend an unrealistic amount of hours searching for qualified employees, considering the high degree of competition between bidders and the time and cost constraints they face today.

That’s why using temporary staffing can be a good option in this industry. Contractors get the chance to bring in skilled workers through boots on the ground laborers needed to complete everyday or even urgent, last-minute tasks.

Apprentice Personnel has a staff that specializes in finding people at all construction skill levels to help with long or short-term projects.

Many requests coming into our agencies in Colorado Springs and Kansas are from employers who need help with remodeling existing commercial structures. It’s often easier and more cost-effective in a lot of cases to just give a building a facelift rather than starting from the ground up.

Apprentice Personnel recently filled a contractor’s request for temp workers to help modernize the Air Force Academy’s Aeronautics Lab. The workers tore down walls to change the lab’s configuration and kept the site clean so that cadets could continue to use the facility during the construction process.

For another recent project in Denver, the agency provided skilled carpenters to turn an older building into a new restaurant, giving it a completely different and fresh look.

The agency’s temp workers do everything from hanging drywall and metal frame doors to picking up debris and digging holes.

Responding quickly to meet changing demands in the construction business is the name of the game. That’s why more and more construction companies are seeking the services of temp agencies like Apprentice Personnel.

About the Author

Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.

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