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Training crucial to reduce skills shortage

Posted by James Hawley, Hays EVP on Thursday, Jan 21, 2016

USCP Blog: 37% blame lack of training for skills shortageConstruction remains one of the strongest and busiest industries in America, and the skills shortages we're seeing for intermediate and senior project managers, superintendents and estimators is unlikely to end in the next few years.

However, construction employers can take action now to address future skills shortages, and build a leadership pipeline.

In our recent salary guide, 37% of construction employers said one cause of the skills shortage is a lack of training and development, and we are seeing a few employers choosing to take matters into their own hands.

If you want to keep up with the market, training staff and supporting career development is no longer a nice-to-have perk. It's a basic employee expectation, not to mention a critical recruitment and retention advantage. It's encouraging to see some construction firms taking the bull by the horns and attempting to resolve their own talent shortage problems, but unless more firms introduce similar programs the overall skills shortage will continue.

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