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Workforce Development

Hurdles and Hidden Opportunities for Women in Construction Tech

The challenges and misconceptions that hold women back from pursuing careers in AEC and technology are compounded when it comes to construction tech.

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Offer Benefits for Fathers in Construction to Improve Employee Retention

The challenge of finding employees is real across all aspects of the economy, but is particularly severe for the construction industry, which has seen continued significant growth from low interest rates, stimulus monies, increasing real estate values and pandemic inspired projects. The challenge of finding employees, let alone skilled employees, is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. Construction companies need to adapt to this new normal and offer what employees what they truly want.

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Review Pre-Employment Screening Processes Amid the Great Resignation

After nearly two years of managing the workplace through the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic, employers are being impacted by another significant challenge: the “Great Resignation,” which is the recent trend of workers voluntarily resigning from their jobs en masse beginning in 2021 and continuing today. Employers across a number of industries, including construction, are facing the pressure of recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and integrating job candidates in record speed to fill vacancies and meet the operational needs of the business.

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Governor Scott Sees the Big Picture: We Need More Skilled Construction Workers

In January, Gov. Phil Scott highlighted making historic investments to grow and strengthen the workforce and give young people more career development opportunities. This includes adding $1 million to the state’s internship program and $1 million to Vermont Student Assistance Corporation’s Advancement Grants, which help adults enroll in programs without a college degree; and investing $2.7 million to improve how to connect employers with career and technical education students seeking meaningful employment opportunities. 

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Registered Carpentry Apprenticeship Program Welcomes New Students

NH's first Registered Carpentry Apprenticeship Program kicked off this spring with the inaugural class meeting at the Manchester Community College campus for orientation. The program welcomed two pre-apprentice students still in high school, and six apprentices working with North Branch Construction in Concord, NH. Read the rest of entry »

Resources for WIC Week 2022

This year’s Women in Construction Week (WIC) will be observed March 6-12, 2022. How will you recognize the women in your company and our industry this year? We have a few ideas to share with you!

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Using Google to Attract New Talent

In today's digital world, most job hunts start with a Google search. Candidates search for open positions and what appears at the top of the results page is determined using their location and Google's search algorithms. If you want to lead potential candidates to your website, there are a few things you can do to try to push your page to the top of the search results.

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Implementing Innovative Technology Can Attract Workers and Bridge the Skilled Labor Gap

By Rory San Miguel - CEO and Co-Founder, Propeller Aero  Republished from Construction Executive, November 30, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. Copyright 2021. All rights reserved. The construction sector is knee-deep in a crisis. Like all industries, it has faced an acute labor shortage during the pandemic. There simply aren’t enough workers available to get roads built, buildings repaired and infrastructure refreshed. But while the pandemic may have turned a spotlight on the issue, the truth is the industry has been in a skilled labor drought for decades. According to Pew Research, STEM degrees grew by 68% from 2010 to 2018 alone, but the construction sector has not seen the proportional influx of skilled workers that today’s ambitious engineering and design feats demand. Now, as the bipartisan infrastructure bill sits poised to inject serious capital into the sector, fueling a wealth of new projects and contracts, companies that aren ... Read the rest of entry »

Beyond the Hammer - A Look at Careers in Construction

It’s not uncommon for people to envision construction as a building jobsite and the trades, however there are many other roles within a construction company that are just as important; roles you don’t see when you’re driving by a construction site. Hear from three professionals who have found their careers working behind the scenes in construction companies. 

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ABC NH/VT Announces New Registered Carpentry Apprenticeship

Workforce development is one of the biggest challenges facing residential and commercial construction companies. A new Registered Carpentry Apprenticeship will help address a shortage of carpenters in the state. 

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