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Workforce Development

How to Support the Hispanic/Latino Construction Workforce

Hispanics consisted of 30% of the construction workforce in the United States, according to 2020 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, 46.7% of construction laborers in the United States are Hispanic. These statistics show that it is of ever-increasing importance to learn what is important and motivating to Hispanics/Latinos as they become a critical part of the construction industry and workplace.

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Vermont Governor Proclaims October Careers in Construction Month

Governor Phil Scott was joined by students and industry leaders, including ABC NH/VT CEO and President Josh Reap, at his weekly press conference today to proclaim October as Careers in Construction Month in Vermont, recognizing the many career opportunities within the construction industry.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Dip in August, But Are Up 17% From a Year Ago, Says ABC

Construction input prices decreased 1.4% in August compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices fell 1.4% for the month as well.

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Shatter the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health Issues

According to the CDC, the U.S. construction industry has one of the highest rates of death by suicide. We must shatter the stigma surrounding mental health issues with the goal of creating a zero-suicide construction industry.

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Hurdles and Hidden Opportunities for Women in Construction Tech

The challenges and misconceptions that hold women back from pursuing careers in AEC and technology are compounded when it comes to construction tech.

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Offer Benefits for Fathers in Construction to Improve Employee Retention

The challenge of finding employees is real across all aspects of the economy, but is particularly severe for the construction industry, which has seen continued significant growth from low interest rates, stimulus monies, increasing real estate values and pandemic inspired projects. The challenge of finding employees, let alone skilled employees, is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. Construction companies need to adapt to this new normal and offer what employees what they truly want.

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Review Pre-Employment Screening Processes Amid the Great Resignation

After nearly two years of managing the workplace through the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic, employers are being impacted by another significant challenge: the “Great Resignation,” which is the recent trend of workers voluntarily resigning from their jobs en masse beginning in 2021 and continuing today. Employers across a number of industries, including construction, are facing the pressure of recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and integrating job candidates in record speed to fill vacancies and meet the operational needs of the business.

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Governor Scott Sees the Big Picture: We Need More Skilled Construction Workers

In January, Gov. Phil Scott highlighted making historic investments to grow and strengthen the workforce and give young people more career development opportunities. This includes adding $1 million to the state’s internship program and $1 million to Vermont Student Assistance Corporation’s Advancement Grants, which help adults enroll in programs without a college degree; and investing $2.7 million to improve how to connect employers with career and technical education students seeking meaningful employment opportunities. 

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Registered Carpentry Apprenticeship Program Welcomes New Students

NH's first Registered Carpentry Apprenticeship Program kicked off this spring with the inaugural class meeting at the Manchester Community College campus for orientation. The program welcomed two pre-apprentice students still in high school, and six apprentices working with North Branch Construction in Concord, NH. Read the rest of entry »

Resources for WIC Week 2022

This year’s Women in Construction Week (WIC) will be observed March 6-12, 2022. How will you recognize the women in your company and our industry this year? We have a few ideas to share with you!

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