According to an Associated General Contractors of America survey of approximately 1,300 construction companies, 73% plan to add employees in 2017 in order to meet anticipated demand in both the private and public sectors. Despite the general optimism, firms also expressed concern that they will not be able to find enough qualified workers to fill available positions. Construction Dive noted that 73% of respondents said they are having difficulty finding qualified workers.
To assist with the process of developing qualified workers, the cold-formed steel framing industry has developed a wide variety of training options. In fact, training for cold-formed steel (CFS) framing has been available for decades. Training options include high school shop classes, union apprenticeship programs, and non-union training providers. And behind nearly every program stands an organization committed to enabling the widespread use of steel: the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA).
“We’re not about setting up stand-alone training programs,” said Maribeth Rizzuto, SFA’s Director of Education and Sustainable Construction. “We’re about incorporating cold-formed steel framing into existing programs. We’ve had a lot of success.”
To learn more about CFS training options, be sure to read BuildSteel’s “Quick Guide: Training for Cold-Formed Steel Framers”.