Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Difference is Obvious

There is a lot of talk these days about the shortage of skilled labor in the new home industries. The Fed just released their latest figures showing there are now more jobs available than unemployed people to fill them.

Students learning the construction trade the same way for past 100 years

High Tech jobs see 10 times more applicants than job openings. You would think that the Law of Supply and Demand would kick in and those receiving job offers from Google, Amazon and other high firms would see paychecks in the $50,000 - $60,000 a year range. But that is not the case, especially for VR programmers that can make mid 6 figure incomes directly out of college. Some have even been offered wages of up to $1,000 an hour.

That's great for the ones that get a job but what about those 9 out of 10 that weren't hired? Where do they turn to find a job to help pay off their huge college debt? I'm not sure but it certainly isn't in the home construction industry.

If your son or daughter isn't into high tech and decides they would like to try taking construction in Vo-Tech or in a private after school program they are probably being taught the same skills construction workers were taught a hundred years ago. 

They are given some great new high tech tools to use but when they graduate they begin looking for jobs building houses the same way they were taught in school. They work outside in all types of weather.

A much safer and more comfortable environment for construction workers

If only there was more of an emphasis on modular construction in schools where working outside in the rain, high wind and snow wouldn't be an option more young people would want to work in the modular construction field.


Francis G said...

I know of no school, either private of public, that teaches modular construction.

VM said...

Then they need to start , Modular off/site construction is here to stay this time around..

Anonymous said...

In Colorado we have high schools working with Habitat for Humanity building modular homes at the high school. The hands on construction classes are in conjunction with math and science work in the classroom