As South Florida’s construction business rebounds after years on its knees, Delray Beach-based Meisner Electric is looking to beef up its workforce. Currently it employs 200 electricians — average age is 40 — and with new projects on the horizon, more will be needed..
That’s easier said than done, according to Doug Hutchison, the company’s chief financial officer. Many young people don’t want to be electricians, carpenters, concrete finishers or heavy equipment operators, he said.
“Young people would rather run a mouse than a backhoe,” Hutchison said. “Construction is dirty, demanding and dangerous. They’re going to sweat and it’s demanding because we work on deadlines and schedules.”
A growing shortage of construction workers is occurring as new projects gain steam. Many construction workers left South Florida because work dwindled during the recession and housing crisis. Some took jobs in the oil industry while others drifted into other fields altogether.
To ensure they’ll have the manpower, contractors and trade associations are creating new training and apprenticeship programs and expanding existing ones. Read more :: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/careers/fl-construction-training-20141113-11-story.html