Teaching the Trades Can Help

A new program in Cleveland shows promise for bringing new blood in the construction trades, and could be a template for Minnesota. This article highlights Building Great Futures, a collaborative effort between Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, and Cuyahoga County. This excerpt gives an overview … Read more Teaching the Trades Can Help

Labor Shortage Hitting Minnesota Harder

The Star Tribune reports that 92% of Minnesota employers polled reported difficulty filling their skilled labor positions. This compares to only 80% nationwide, highlighting the uphill battle we have. This excerpt highlights how we’ve arrived here: Minnesota’s construction industry grew 20% from 2014 to 2018, said Sean O’Neil, a workforce development coordinator with the Minnesota … Read more Labor Shortage Hitting Minnesota Harder

Good News: Apprenticeships On The Rise

While the labor shortage is predicted to be a long-term issue for the construction industry, there are some positive signs. A new piece from Twin Cities Business Magazine discusses the 27% growth in apprenticeships in Minnesota between 2014 and 2017. Impressively, 96% of internship in the state are in the construction trades. Everyone benefits from these … Read more Good News: Apprenticeships On The Rise