Apprenticeship programs are inadequate, says Builders Association

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It would take 14 years for federally and state-registered apprenticeship programs to train the 650,000 workers the construction industry needs to hire in 2022 alone, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Department data. of 2021. DOL data indicates that the construction industry’s federally registered apprenticeship system produced only 24,822 graduates of its four- to five-year apprenticeship programs, and in Additionally, construction industry apprenticeship programs registered with state governments produced approximately 15,000 to 20,000 graduates in fiscal year 2021.

“Clearly, the government-registered apprenticeship system does not meet industry’s need for skilled labor and cannot be the only government-backed solution to meet industry’s demands. and build a diverse workforce,” said Ben Brubeck, vice president of regulation, labor and the ABC. state affairs. “That is why legislators should support inclusive and comprehensive solutions for workforce development as part of their efforts to attract and retain a diverse workforce in the construction industry, by especially in these difficult economic times.

“The construction industry is currently facing supply chain disruptions, unprecedented material prices that are 44% higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic, and declining investment in building materials. non-residential structures,” Brubeck said. “Because 87.4% of the construction industry does not belong to a union, government-registered apprenticeship requirements for taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects are not a solution. holistic to the shortage of skilled labour, which is exacerbating historic levels of inflation in the construction industry. and undermine significant taxpayer investments in infrastructure.

“Government-registered apprenticeship programs are just one key part of a comprehensive workforce development solution,” Brubeck said. “ABC’s 68 chapters train craft, safety and management professionals using innovative and flexible learning models like just-in-time task training, competency-based progression and work-based learning in addition to more than 300 federal and state GRAPs in 20 different occupations to develop a safe, skilled, and productive workforce.In addition, ABC member companies administer hundreds of GRAPs independently of the ABC’s network and have invested approximately $1.6 billion in construction workforce development in 2021.”

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