Florida Construction Industry Lacking Qualified Employees

As a surge in construction employment provides more opportunities for job seekers, employers in the sector report that finding qualified workers with the right skill sets is an increasing challenge.

Recent U.S. labor reports indicate that construction employment is on the rise, with 308,000 jobs added over the past year—representing the highest employment in construction since 2009.

Evidently, this is great news for the construction industry which had previously suffered from the harsh weather conditions throughout the Nation along with budget cuts. Although the industry is on the road to recovery, this brings forth new challenges.

As the aging workforce retires, contractors are finding it more and more tedious to find qualified workers.
construction_300_200“People that have knowledge of what you need is hard to find. Everybody says they know how to do something. You hire them, put them on the job and find … They [have] less of the knowledge than you’re looking for,” Daniel Kiesel, with Bellwether Construction Services in Florida says.

In Finland, the construction industry is in talks with the Ministry of Employment and the Economy over measures to create an education system for asylum seekers.

Sounds crazy?

Well, they are facing the same problem our Nation is dealing with:  The industry needs manpower to compensate for the tens of thousands of skilled workers who are set to retire in the years to come. So why not?

“We’ve already got roughly 30,000 immigrants working for different companies. We’re used to working with them,” says Tero Kiviniemi, the board chairman at the Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries and the executive vice president at YIT.

Loan-Management-425x280He himself has experiences as the child of an immigrant family in Sweden. “Working is the best remedy for integration,” he says.

Construction companies are already providing on-the-job training opportunities directed especially at immigrants and the feedback has been positive.

Looking for construction work in Florida? There are plenty for you to choose from according to EliteProNet.

Here is a short list, with jobs from North Florida all the way down to the Southern-most part of Florida:

Project Title Project Location Due Date
FedEx- Kissimmee

This project calls for the renovations of an existing 4,546 SF retail / warehouse space inside a hotel
Kissimmee, Florida 34746 Nov 04, 2015
Dollar Tree #9126 – Navarre

This project calls for the renovations of an existing 10,043 SF retail space
Navarre, Florida 32566 Nov 04, 2015
Dollar Tree #8780 – Ft. Myers

This project calls for the renovations of an existing 12,585 SF retail space
Ft. Myers, Florida 33905 Oct 29, 2015
Xscape 14 Theatre – Riverview

This project calls for the new construction of a 55,965 SF movie theater
Riverview, Florida 33578 Oct 28, 2015
Aspen Dental – Jacksonville

This project calls for the renovations of an existing 3,758 SF into a medical office
Jacksonville, Florida 32205 Oct 28, 2015
Hammock Landing Shops – West Melbourne

This project calls for the new construction of 25,000 SF retail space split between 3 buildings with associated site work
West Melbourne, Florida 32904 Oct 27, 2015
Zoe’s Kitchen – Jacksonville

This project calls for the renovations of an existing 1,926 SF into a restaurant
Jacksonville, Florida 32258 Oct 26, 2015
Florida Keys Mosquito Control Facility – Big Coppit Key

This project calls for the new construction of 7,700 SF of office /warehouse buildings with associated site work
Big Coppit Key, Florida 33040 Oct 26, 2015

With more and more people moving to sunny Florida, the construction industry is booming with the high demand of new homes and buildings.

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