Learn about industry career opportunities
A shortage of skilled labor exists across the country and North Carolina’s booming construction market is not immune to it. Workers are needed to help our industry companies design, build, repair and maintain high performance homes and buildings.
National Job Shortage for Skilled Workers
There’s a well-known and long-lasting national shortage of skilled workers that makes “joining the trades” or putting a college education to use in an industry like building performance more valuable than ever. Don’t believe us? Click here to learn what TV host Mike Rowe thinks about the problem facing America’s economy. Learn more about the national job shortage and what’s being done to address it from these resources:
- Center for Energy Workforce Development
- National Association of Home Builders
- Forbes: Why we desperately need to bring back vocational training in schools (March, 2018)
- WSJ: Why an Honors Student Wants to Skip College and Go to Trade School (March 2018)
- WUNC: There’s a Construction Boom in North Carolina. But There Aren’t Enough Skilled Workers (March 2018)
Watch this short video on “exploring the trades” that highlights job opportunities that don’t require a four-year degree program.
Addressing the Skilled Worker Shortage in North Carolina
What’s happening in North Carolina to address this issue in our state?
- Click here to learn about a $1M grant program in Raleigh that’s training low-income youth for construction jobs.
- Click here to learn about Duke Energy’s $2.7M grant program for workforce development.
- Click here to learn about Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas’ community college grant program.
- Click here for a news article on a workforce development center created in 2017.
- Click here to learn about the NCWorks Commission that is tasked with ensuring that North Carolina has an innovative and effective workforce system.
- Click here for a short sample of our presentation to students on career opportunities in our industry.