Ann Sweck, HR person from Whiteley Plumbing and Heating in West Chatham, MA, interviews a student at a job fair at Cape Cod Technical High School. Sweck said that students come to work for the summers and end up staying with the company long term.
Roe Osborn Ann Sweck, HR person from Whiteley Plumbing and Heating in West Chatham, MA, interviews a student at a job fair at Cape Cod Technical High School. Sweck said that students come to work for the summers and end up staying with the company long term.

What is the industry to do with its aging workforce? Who will step up to fill the jobs? Where will the next generation of remodelers and contractors come from? To help answer these questions, turn to technical training schools and community colleges. Roe Osborn, senior editor at the Journal of Light Construction, visited Cape Cod Tech which offers courses and certification in plumbing, HVACs, carpentry, building trades, project management, and more. If you’re looking for young blood, partner with a community college to offer internship and training for students. You will not only help foster a love for the field, but in the long run can help ensure you have a thriving workforce for the future.

You can’t open a trade journal or website from someone in the building industry these days without hearing about the shortage of skilled workers. It was heartening to see the enthusiasm of these highly-trained students as well as contractors eager to include that skill and enthusiasm on their crews. It doesn’t solve the problem entirely, but it is a wonderful first step.
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