Construction and skilled trades have and continue to experience a shortage of qualified talent. The shape of the industry is starting to change, and construction companies must change along with it to hire the talent necessary for companies to thrive and grow. Hire Velocity’s Founder and President Byron West had the opportunity to speak at the 2019 ELEVATE Conference for Construction & Heavy Work about the landscape of the construction industry and best practices on how to recruit top talent.
Research shows that offering on the job training and certifications boosts the attraction of a company while also giving new employees extra attention to further develop skillsets. This can be done through formal training or mentorship programs.
One way to establish a potential talent pipeline is to implement career programs with local technical schools. Technical schools are increasing in popularity and receiving significant funding from state and local organizations to increase enrollment and educational programs. By establishing partnerships with technical colleges, construction companies can offer students insight into the industry, opportunities for site visits, mock interviews, and other great learning experiences.
Another avenue to explore is identifying talented veterans returning home from service who are interested in the construction industry. Many veterans possess highly transferable skills for the construction industry, and nonprofit organizations can help to funnel veterans to your business.
To combat the growing labor shortage, Byron touches on four key points in the presentation that involve setting a foundation for a company’s future and retaining employees. There are many factors that can impact recruiting workers in construction and how companies can solve those issues. Learn more about the topics covered in this free download based on his presentation at ELEVATE on November 5, 2019.