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December 10, 2014
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The Talk

By Emily Kay Thompson

It’s hard to find good help these days, especially in the window and door industry. It’s particularly challenging to find skilled labor or even simply to find applicants looking for work in this trade, according to industry professionals.

I recently exchanged dialog on the topic with Jennifer Lawler, president of Fenessco Inc., a California-based window and door dealer, who had an interesting perspective. Here’s what she said:

“The lack of qualified staff is a result of vocational training being removed from high schools across the nation in earnest in 1980. Wood shop, metal shop, home economics, electrical training, architectural drafting were all removed from the curriculum for student options for their future. The focus of our future turned to science and technology and higher education.

Thirty-five years later, we see the result: a lack of qualified tradesmen. The workforce is not trained properly for the demands of today’s construction needs and not prepared for the needs of America in rebuilding much needed infrastructure, i.e. roads, buildings, structures and bridges.

The solution is to immediately turn the focus back to the needs of our current situation. The trades (construction, electrical, plumbing and engineering) need to be respected as viable occupational and professional options.

In order to fill the gap in the lack of qualified candidates, there needs to be an immediate shift of available resources to provide training for the misdirected, unemployed, and uneducated workforce. Thankfully, there are skilled trades staffing companies like CLP and Labor Ready that help fill the gap.”

What do you think? Is your business in the same boat? What’s your approach to hiring, training and retaining employees? What solutions do you have for treating the lack-of-qualified-candidates ailment? Post a comment, take the poll and/or email me with your thoughts.

Has a lack of qualified candidates kept your company from growing?
YesŚwe cannot find skilled laborers to employ.
NoŚwe have hired capable and experienced employees.
NoŚwe do not have the budget to hire anyone.
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