Launching New Workforce Development Resources to Combat the Construction Labor Shortage
At the heart of the construction industry are the people. Construction professionals are the ones designing, renovating, and building the places we live, work, learn, and heal.
One of the greatest challenges the construction industry faces today is the attraction and retention of its people. Over the course of the pandemic, the construction industry lost one million workers. According to the Associated Builders and Contractors, construction will need to hire nearly one million more workers over the next two years in order to keep up with growing demand.
That’s why we’re excited to share the launch of a new Workforce Development webpage for construction professionals, educators, parents, and students. Acting as a central hub for all things workforce management, the webpage features continuing education courses, career opportunities, DIBs resources, Procore skills certifications, regional trade association information, and much more.
The labor shortage hasn’t snuck up on us, in fact, we’ve seen it evolve in the headlines from a looming talent shortage to a crisis. For years, Procore has worked alongside the construction industry in facing this challenge.
Procore’s social impact arm Procore.org has built programs to support educators who are preparing the next generation of construction professionals and trade union training centers who are tasked with the job of upskilling the field.
Matthew Affrunti, recent Construction Management graduate from Roger Williams University and former intern at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence said, “With the help of programs such as Procore, I hope to be able to be part of the projects that will intrigue the next generation of construction professionals.”
The new Workforce Development webpage offers access to programs and content in one place. The purpose is to not only draw connections between the work that is being done to address workforce development across the globe, but to elevate construction as a viable career path.
"Construction is a rewarding career path to pursue. I started my career as a journeyman carpenter and was continually impressed by the grit, innovation, and skill I was surrounded by," said Tooey Courtemanche, founder and CEO of Procore. "Whether you like to work with your hands, lead people or work closely with technology, the opportunity to enter the industry has never been greater."
Although this might seem like a daunting task, construction is not one to shy away from big challenges. We know taking on the labor shortage cannot be done alone, that’s why we are committed to supporting the industry every step of the way. We care deeply about advancing this industry beyond what our software provides. By bringing together educational resources like our newly launched three-part learning series and workforce development support, we can empower every stakeholder to address the challenges of the labor shortage head-on.
Overcoming the industry's labor shortage won't be done by using the same old approaches to workforce development. Learn more and get involved by visiting here or register for our three-part on-demand webinar series where experts will offer their opinions and insights on how to get your footing in today's changing hiring environment.