Association and industry experts have made it very clear: there are not enough skilled trades people to meet the demand of the current construction cycle. Many craft workers dropped out of the building business during the recession, schools are training for computer careers, and the workers who know how to do those skilled jobs are retiring.
To begin to fill the skilled trades shortage, unions are adding more seats to their apprenticeship programs. The number of opportunities available reflect the construction projects in each state and what government agencies are doing to support apprenticeships.
Read Michelle Rafter's story here about a Marine Corps vet is apprenticing with IBEW Local 441 and some of the resources available to would-be skilled trades people.
Source: Orange County Register