Recently posted on the Department of Labor's blog HERE by Secretary Tom Perez, this article seems relevent to our industry, where we rely so heavily on (and profit so much from!) apprenticships. We know it is a tried and true method of entering the workforce, but will other industries catch on with funding incentives like this?
Do you know how much concrete weighs? A cubic yard (3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet) weighs 4000 pounds! That's 2 tons, more than twice the weight of the average small car on the road today. Think about that when a concrete truck is placed next to an excavation. All that weight plus the load shift during mixing will cause a super imposed load on the sides of an excavation or trench and could result in a cave-in. Be on guard during any concrete placement.
Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up shunning construction ...
For a few weeks now, when tending to my Betton Hills garden, I’ve been serenaded by the song of the skill saw and the framing hammer. In close proximity, I’ve overheard builder Greg Hensley coordinating his forces and enjoying his carpenter’s constant chatter as they confirm their measurements while pontificating on all manner of life.
CONSTRUCTION UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS TO LOWEST AUGUST LEVEL SINCE 2001 BUT JOB GROWTH SLOWS; DATA SUGGEST WORKER SHORTAGES, OFFICIALS WARN
Discrepancy between Demand for Construction and Employment Gains Highlights Need for More Focus on Workforce Development, Association Officials Note as they Urge New Investments in Career & Technical Education
Thousands of students are entering high schools and colleges at this time of year. At the same time, you cannot read headlines today without seeing something about the next generation of workers and the construction industry’s skilled labor shortage. The biggest post-recession challenge faced by contractors continues to be finding and retaining the best talent – and talent is sorely needed.