According to OSHA, woman only make up about 9% of the construction industry. Even then, many of those are in managerial or administrative roles rather than in the field. More than half of the skilled trade workers in circulation now are 45 or older which means that the construction labor shortage is only going to get worse as the baby boomers begin to retire. With more than 200,000 construction jobs already vacant, encouraging woman to join the workforce will help to fill those positions.
Offer training programs. Some advantages are that many trades in the construction industry require fewer years of formal education than other professions. This means your crew can be earning earlier and won’t be saddled with a large student loan. Offering scholarships and apprenticeships means you are able to invest in a workforce for the future. Investing in training is a great way to recruit new employees.
Offer competitive rates and benefits. The best way to attract and keep staff is to offer competitive salaries and great benefits or you will lose employees to other companies. A simple thank you to acknowledge a job well done is a good way to let current employees know they are appreciated.
Don’t be afraid to try new things. If you’ve been building the same way for twenty years, chances are it’s time for an update. Younger employees can bring so much to the table—allowing technology and construction-management programs to be instituted will help to streamline your processes and improve your profit margin.
Take recruitment seriously. Regardless of the size of the company, make someone responsible for staff recruitment. That person can be responsible for the placement and wording of ads and for staying in contact with local colleges and education facilities so you will be in a better position to see the skill and talents of those you can potentially hire for your team.