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Building Tomorrow's Workforce: Strategies for Addressing the Construction Labor Shortage

May 2, 2024

Breakout Session 2

7:40 PM

Breakout Rooms

1 DBIA Credit Hour, 1 AIA LU

The construction industry is facing a significant labor shortage, with the demand for skilled workers projected to outpace the available workforce. According to industry data, the need for construction workers is expected to grow by 5% by 2029, exacerbating the existing shortage. A staggering 83% of construction companies report struggling to find qualified craftworkers, and only a mere 3% believe that this situation will improve without intervention.

This panel will explore various aspects of the workforce shortage and highlight strategies developed by the CCC and its partners to address this critical issue. Whether you're an owner, contractor, designer, or educator, the insights shared in this session will offer valuable perspectives and actionable steps for building a robust workforce pipeline.

Key Topics Include:

  • Identifying the root causes of the construction labor shortage

  • Collaborative efforts between owners, contractors, and design-build partners

  • Best practices for recruiting and retaining skilled workers

  • Training and development programs to bridge the skills gap

  • The role of education and industry partnerships in shaping the future workforce

  • Leveraging technology and innovation to enhance productivity and efficiency


  1. Identify Root Causes of Labor Shortage: Participants will be able to analyze and identify the underlying factors contributing to the construction labor shortage, including demographic trends, industry challenges, and economic influences.

  2. Explore Collaborative Strategies: Participants will explore collaborative efforts between owners, contractors, and design-build partners aimed at addressing the labor shortage. They will examine successful case studies and collaborative models to understand effective strategies for workforce development.

  3. Apply Best Practices in Workforce Management: Participants will be able to apply best practices for recruiting and retaining skilled workers within their organizations. They will learn effective recruitment strategies, employee engagement techniques, and retention programs tailored to address the specific needs of the construction industry.

  4. Evaluate Training and Development Programs: Participants will evaluate existing training and development programs designed to bridge the skills gap in the construction industry. They will assess the effectiveness of these programs in equipping workers with the necessary skills and competencies to meet industry demands.

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May 02, 2024, 7:00 AM CDT
Houston, TX
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