It is a common refrain in our society that it is hard for young people to find jobs. There are many reasons for this, from economic uncertainty limiting the creation of new positions to insufficient salaries and benefits for qualified applicants. On the other hand, there are a number of fields which are not typically considered by the average young person, but which have a large need for workers. Foremost among industries experiencing a labor shortage is the field of construction.
Unfortunately, construction jobs no longer seem to appeal to rising generations as they once did. According to Builder Magazine, of the 74% of young Americans who have decided on a preliminary career path, only 3% have expressed an interest in construction and a whopping 63% say they’ll give the industry little or no consideration. By another estimate, for every 5 skilled workers who retire, there is only 1 new worker entering construction. Continue reading “3 Reasons Young People Should Enter Construction”
Wow. It seems like just yesterday that we were wrapping up 2016, and now here we are marking the end of 2017!! It’s been a big year here on the Equipment Trader blog — actually it’s been far-and-away our biggest year ever!!
We went from writing just a few posts in 2016, to this year publishing a post every single week, earning tens of thousands of views!! We cannot thank you enough for contributing to this huge success by following us here on the blog, and also on Facebook and Twitter. Continue reading “Equipment Trader’s Top 5 Articles of 2017”
The first 3D-printed building in Europe was recently completed, demonstrating the efficiency of 3D-printed construction. Printing the structure – referred to as the Building on Demand (BOD) – took less than 3 months!! The walls themselves took only 50 hours to print on-site in Copenhagen, Denmark. Now that is quick work!! Anticipated to be used for office or hotel space, the BOD is impressive in its own right, but also demonstrates the industry’s slow but certain turn towards 3D-printing for construction. That’s why today we’re looking at 3D-Printing in Construction: Breakthroughs and Benefits!! Continue reading “3D-Printing in Construction: Major Breakthroughs and Benefits”
The United States has been battered by huge storms over the past few weeks, as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria decimated parts of Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. These areas continue to need help recovering, but there is a dramatic shortage of skilled workers who are available for rebuilding sections of Houston, neighborhoods in the Florida Keys, and most of the island of Puerto Rico. So where is all the skilled labor?? Continue reading “Hurricanes Highlight the Skilled Labor Shortage”