Construction season is upon us, and contractors are having a tough time finding help. "It’s been real tough to find good help this year, especially with the bricklayers. There’s not a lot of bricklayers who are journeymen certified or trained to do it. We find a lot of young kids who want to start as laborers, and that’s okay we need that, we like starting them there. We just don’t have the people who have the skill and have learned it," contractor Jerrod Becker said.
Coalition representatives are trying to solve this problem. All week recruiters have crossed the state to just inform anyone in need of a job…the opportunities they offer. “There’s so much work going on here. We’re offering a career opportunity for the guys. We have training for guys. We have benefits. It’s just a great opportunity, not just a job here,” carpentry representative Brian Pyle said.
Over time more and more people have been going to college, leaving construction on the back burner. “A lot of people I think have been told to go to college right out of high school. That’s kind of what our country is pushing towards, but it’s not for everybody,” Becker said.
If anyone, no matter their age, has a desire for a career in construction, a lot of positions are needed.
“I think a lot of people will find that they can make a really good living in a trade. Rather than spending a bunch of money out of high school, make some money and learn on the job. You can have a career that is a well paying job and is suitable to a lot of people who like working with their hands and like being outside.” Becker says he began as a laborer at B&F Masonry in Aberdeen. He worked his way up the ladder and now owns half of the company.