Construction Trade Association Urges Minorities and Women to Join Construction Trades
A recent survey by the Association of General Contractors (AGC) found that 80 percent of construction firms report having difficulty filling the hourly craft positions that comprise the lion’s share of the construction workforce. Factors creating the shortage include decreased support for technical and vocational educational training and the fact that many workers who were laid off during the 2008 recession either found jobs in other industries or retired. To meet these challenges, AGC has created several initiatives, including college mentorships and additional advocacy for vocational education. AGC also published “The Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion in the Construction Industry” as part of the industry’s expanded outreach to minorities and women, who are traditionally underrepresented in construction trades.
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