Building firms are worried about the looming worker shortage. While the increasing demand for building projects is a sign of economic recovery, the construction industry is in danger of running short on workers to keep up with it, as employees age and more teens are pushed to go to college instead of into professional trades. The plan by the Associated General Contractors of America, which represents 30,000 companies, aims to draw more people into building trades by establishing charter schools focused on technical training, starting non-union apprenticeship programs and pushing for immigration reform. We need to make sure we have the work force to sustain an economic renaissance signaled by the demand for construction and renovation projects of all sizes.
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