Brian Binke, CEO of The Birmingham Group – A member of the Sanford Rose Associates® network of offices, Authored “Solving the Skilled Labor Shortage in Construction” Featured in Construction Today

Brian Binke is currently President and CEO of The Birmingham Group – A member of the Sanford Rose Associates® network of offices, an executive search firm located in Berkley, MI. They specialize in construction, oil and gas. The following is an article published in Construction Today.

Plano, TX 10/10/2017

The construction industry continues to experience a labor shortage within all areas of the market; yet companies are optimistic about that changing in the future because of actions that they’re taking now. What are they doing to improve the pipeline of skilled construction workers entering the market? And what more can be done to improve the pipeline going forward?

Allocating Funds

One suggestion would be for the government to take a portion of the money they dedicate to four-year colleges and put those funds towards getting more people enrolled in trade schools. Everyone may not be cut out for college, but could excel at a skilled trade. So, the more effort and collaboration that’s made between government, businesses, and the education system the better. With more collaboration, we will see more success with students completing skilled trade programs in community colleges and trade schools.

The Case for Trade Schools

Attending a trade school is often a more economical choice than earning a four-year degree. In most cases, it takes less than half the time to complete a training program at a third of the cost. And when you get out you can start earning money right away.

Let’s face it, many of the old manufacturing jobs are not coming back. The days of a human being putting doors on cars all day in an assembly line are over. Robotic technology is completing that work and eliminating those jobs. However, skilled manufacturing jobs will continue to be in demand and skilled workers are needed to fill those positions.

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