Workforce Call to Action
NARI Call to Action for workforce development.
NARI members are well aware of the growing and immediate need for skilled craftsmen and tradesmen to work in the construction and remodeling industry. The numbers bear out this disheartening trend. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of November 2017, there were 210,000 open jobs in the construction industry. Compare this number to that from November 2016 with 178,000 open jobs in the industry – over 30,000 more openings in the span of 12 months. In February 2017, NARI undertook a survey of its own membership regarding workforce shortages and the impact it had on companies. The results were not surprising, but troublesome nonetheless. Seventy percent of NARI members experienced a negative impact from labor shortages in 2016. The average cost of this impact was $111,000 per company. And while 78% of members saw the possibility of increased sales in 2017, 52% of respondents were currently trying to fill a position. Unless companies can find qualified workers they will not be able grow as a business, provide services to the consumer, and, ultimately, help grow the national economy. Construction is one industry that cannot be outsourced.
The recent budget deal, The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (2018 BBA), that was passed by Congress and signed into law on February 9, 2018, significantly increased funding caps for domestic programs including funding for areas of education and job training. With the enactment of this bipartisan deal, lawmakers will now begin to allocate funding levels for individual programs. Because of the workforce shortages you, your businesses and our industry face, we are asking that you contact your congressional representatives to urge them to support increased funding for the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act (Perkins Act). Now is the time to let our voices be heard and let our representatives know about the critical need for investment in career and technical education.