The Conversations at BIS: America’s Skills Gap and What to Do about It

We’ve heard plenty about America’s skills gap across the tech industry, but a skills gap is also hobbling construction — and it’s delaying building projects, shrinking building inventories, and inflating the cost of homes and home-related projects. So how do we solve the problem?

The solution lies in strengthening the bridge between the education system and the workforce. Since the 1990s, the American education system has seen a drop in the amount of vocational classes. Instead of encouraging students to pursue careers and education in the trades, they have pushed for a four-year college degree. Fewer students were introduced to other career options in the skilled labor trades and, as a result, there are fewer students entering in to the much needed area of the building industry.

The 2016 Building Industry Show is attempting to bridge the gap between education and the skilled labor trades through the first ever Skilled Labor Brain Trust.

The Skilled Labor Brain Trust is connecting builders & trade contractors with aspiring constructions professionals from various local education programs. Employers will be starting the conversation with teachers and program directors of educational programs to express the type of skills and jobs needed for open positions. The Skilled Brain Trust aims to satisfy the need for properly trained and skilled trade workers in the building industry.

Together we can actively bridge the skilled labor gap by joining industry professionals in a face-to-face conversation with the instructors and program organizers that train the future skilled labor workforce.

The Skilled Brain Trust will take place at the Building Industry Show on Wednesday, November 9 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information about the event contact Denise Kennedy at, or by phone at (949) 777-3854. Click here for more information about how to get involved or how to sponsor the event.

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