Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Women Break into the Skilled Trades

There is no skilled labor shortage in the construction industry. There are plenty of young people eager to learn a ‘hands on’ trade. Who wouldn’t want to make $35 - $40, 000 after just one year without having a huge college debt?

Who are these people and where do I find them?

They might be working right next to you volunteering their time on a Habitat for Humanity house or taking your Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato order at Starbucks.

They probably started their day on the Habitat house with no construction skills and by the end of the day were using a circular saw and a hammer like they were on the job for weeks.

At Starbucks they smile while taking your order and thank you at the end of the transaction. They stand on their feet for hours at a time in a confined space and do it all for minimum wage.

Those women aren’t working there to meet their next best friend or simply to get out of the house. No, they are working there because they might have found college wasn’t their career choice or they need to support themselves now.

So why aren’t these young people, especially women, being sought to enter the modular home industry?

The answer is simple, we don’t have training programs in place to prep them to be factory production workers where they will learn skilled trades like electrical, plumbing, framing and trim work and we, as the modular home industry, don’t offer any type of enticement or training for them to become modular home builders.

Today I read an article by Carol Diggs on C-Ville about a young woman that not only learned the skills necessary to enter the construction industry, she started her own construction company.

Building space: Women break into the skilled trade

Anne Lassere is the very model of a young woman whose career is about to take off. Competent, confident, poised and well-educated, the daughter of a doctor and a lawyer, she’s studied sculpture and anthropology and has lived in France, where she worked as a translator. She’s recently left her job to launch her own firm, at age 32.

The business? Construction.

Lassere is a skilled carpenter with a brand-new contractor’s license, and on the first project for her new company—renovating a house near downtown Charlottesville—she’s handling everything from replacing the flooring to moving the staircase to updating the bathrooms, with a little help from her friends: plumber Kristi Williams and electrician Chelsea Short.

READ THIS ARTICLE and then ask yourself why isn’t our industry doing more to attract and train this huge untapped skilled labor pool?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a great topic , there are not enough people who are willing to put in the hours required to learn a trade. I know this program can help young people learn how to be self supporting and not depending on someone to provide for them. I hope this article is given the coverage needed to get more employers interested in training more young male and female workers to fill the skilled positions.
Thanks Gary