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Change the Narrative [TAUC Magazine Spring 2016 Article]

- Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The following is an insert from TAUC's 2016 Spring Magazine article 'Change the Narrative' written by Jacob Snyder. 
"TAUC is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year. As we reflect on all of the things that have changed over the course of the last decade, we should also point out a situation that has, unfortunately, stayed the same: the need for skilled craftspeople to make up the next generation of construction workers.

In fact, that need is increasing at an alarming rate.

According to the Census Bureau, construction spending is up over 10% from December 2014 to December 2015, and is expected to continue to rise. Combine that with the fact that the Baby Boomer generation is starting to retire at an increased rate, and fewer millennials are interested in construction than previous generations, and you have the makings of a serious and wide-ranging manpower problem.

While we can’t control the rate of increased spending or the amount of retirees, we can influence the recruitment of the next generation. However, the primary issue we face is that for at least one generation, we have been telling our children to go to college and get a degree, and have been unwilling to acknowledge other possibilities as anything but “second class.” This has even been true of those who have made careers in the construction industry, where vocational education is more common than four-year college degrees. The time has come to change that narrative, and as union contractors we have a compelling case to make."

Read more from the TAUC 2016 Spring Magazine

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