Options Exist Outside of College

Brett Melvin – Executive Director In United States high schools today, there are more than 15 million students and when they leave high school, a third of them will have no plans for any type of post-secondary education. For several decades, the United States education system has promoted a college education as the only avenue […]

Bridging America’s Gap Launches a Proven Skills Gap Solution

Alexandria, VA – Bridging America’s Gap (BAG) is pleased to announce the expansion of their unique and successful workforce development program. This will extend the program into additional industries beyond their original skills gap program tailored to the crane, rigging & specialized transportation industry. The first (2) two Career Skills Events for 2018 have been […]

Boots On The Ground: Why A Military Veteran Might Be Your Next Best Hire

Josh Shaffer understands how overwhelming it can be to transition from the military to a private-sector career. Having enlisted in the US Marine Corps at age 18, just after 9/11, Shaffer served for almost 12 years, including three combat tours in Iraq. During part of that time he was a communications specialist calling in air […]

Older Americans Are Retiring in Droves

The exodus of the baby boomers from the work force resumes. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg More and more baby boomers begin the new year with nothing on their schedule but plans to golf, travel, and spend more time with the grandkids. The number of Americans aged 65 or older without a disability that aren’t in the […]

Why Do We Have A Skilled Trade Shortage?

 We may not have enough skilled workers to go around. How did it get to this point? Every day, the shortage in the skilled trades becomes more acute. According to numbers from the National Electrical Contractors Association, 7,000 electricians join the field each year, but 10,000 retire. And as job openings continue to increase without new […]

Where Does the Trade Shortage Go From Here?

The skilled trades face an uncertain future and a ticking clock. The skilled trades face an uncertain future. The last few years have seen an increase in new workers entering the fields, but as more older workers retire and the shortage intensifies, the effect can be hard to predict. Industry veterans see the tide turning […]

How Trade Companies Train Their Employees

​​ A great deal of skilled trade training takes place within companies, as apprentices work their way up. When Dave Mejean needs a new heating and cooling technician, the search starts at area high schools and career centers. Mejean, co-owner of B&W Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning in Indianapolis, asks teachers to introduce him to students with strong math or […]

Labor Shortage Squeezes Builders

Why are property prices rising so quickly? Here’s one reason. A growing labor shortage in the commercial real-estate industry is driving up the costs of some projects and could complicate lawmakers’ plans for a $1 trillion infrastructure-spending program, contractors say. “Ever since we came out of the great recession, many folks in our industry have […]