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Assembling a Skilled Workforce in 2020 and Beyond

Graycor Southern’s Brian Gallagher recently authored an article that appeared in Power MagazineAssembling a Skilled Workforce in 2020 and Beyond discusses how owners and contractors can align efforts to create a talent pipeline to build a strong workforce.

Assembling a Skilled Workforce in 2020 and Beyond

The U.S. labor force—like every area of life—has been greatly affected by COVID-19. It’s hard to predict the ways in which labor supply and demand in the construction industry may ultimately change as a result of the virus. If some industries, such as the restaurant industry, take a long time to recover, it may cause more people to look at construction as a preferred career path. Another possible outcome is that capital spending will abate temporarily then see a spike in 2021 or later. Depending on how these and many other variables play out, construction workforce shortages that were severe in the years leading up to 2020 may improve—or they may not. No matter how the future unfolds, construction firms and power plant owners need to work together to implement best practices for attracting the best talent to their teams.

The Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), an organization consisting of major private construction owners including utilities, manufacturers, and industrial companies, is encouraging construction owners to assess contractors based on their workforce development efforts. CURT members are responsible for $200 billion a year in construction capital and maintenance spending. Through its Labor Risk Management (LRM) Program, CURT owners are prequalifying and selecting contractors partly based on their commitment to workforce development.