The labor shortage in the construction industry continues

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Labor shortages persist in many industries, including construction. So what is being done to attract good people?

Industry experts say more than two million new construction workers will be needed over the next three years to meet demand.

Todd Walker of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama says there has been a labor shortage in construction for a decade. He says the pandemic has really shed some light on it.

Factors include a retiring workforce, pay, among others. But even so, Walker says, the local construction industry has prevailed and offered incentives to attract workers.

“We see that companies that train are doing the right things to pay and attract workers. They’re struggling, but they get a lot more out of their people than they have and invest in those people,” Walker said.

To address the labor shortage, the local Academy of Craft Training offers high school juniors and seniors real-world apprenticeships and internships in the construction industry. Interviews for this academy are next week for next year’s class.

For more information about the Academy, call 205-719-3228 or visit their website here.

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