There are 400,000 construction job openings in the US. Let’s get real about solving this crisis! At JLC Live 2024, Nicole asked experts about training and education opportunities for the trades, and followed up with a JLC article outlining a “workforce development roadmap” to help ensure a “a stronger, more empowered, and well-resourced community of building professionals.”

Calling out the hundreds of millions of dollars on the horizon for contractor recruitment and training, Nicole offers five critical components of an effective workforce development plan:
1. Focus on Capacity-Building
2. Remove Risk from the Equation
3. Offer Interdisciplinary Learning Opportunities
4. Align Professional Development with Contractor Learning Styles
5. Imbed within K-12 Curricula

Thanks for the contributions of PRO New England, Panasonic, Steve Baczek, Ben Bogie, Sealed Homes, PRO Mid Atlantic, JLC Online, and Kassel Construction.