I’ve traveled around the state and spoken with various members of the construction community, and nearly to a person they all mention how low the numbers are for new recruits.
What’s most worrisome is that low number is paired with a very high number of retirees (or soon-to-be-retirees). Put those two together and carpenters are going to be high demand for some time.
Contractors are turning down work because they don’t have enough people for the jobs they’ve already accepted, let alone new ones.
The good news is both industry and educational leaders are working toward shrinking the gap between the need for skilled labor and people who fit that category.
“We see a big need in the community for this program,” Geis said. “They’re having a hard time in the construction industry finding workers with these skills. Students in this program can learn the foundation of carpentry and develop the skills necessary for successful employment as an entry-level carpenter or skilled construction worker.”