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Virtual Builders Exchange Reports on the Construction Industry Hiring Veterans to Address Skilled Labor Shortages

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the construction industry will need to add 1.6 million jobs over the next four years. However, some construction employers have been hampered by a shortage of skilled labor. A recent workforce survey from the Associated General Contractors of America showed 69 percent of Texas contractors report having difficulty finding qualified workers.

Orion Talent has found careers for over 1750 Veterans within the Construction Industry. Dom Serra, an Account Executive based in our Austin office, was recently interviewed for an article by Virtual Builders Exchange. Serra said, “Construction firms benefit tremendously from the work ethic, operational leadership, and time management skills these veterans have gained from years spent planning, executing, and managing projects/missions in the military.” He notes that construction firms in Texas have seen a great deal of success in hiring veterans into different levels of engineering, project management, and superintendent roles.

“Similarly, with regards to skilled labor, there is a large pool of electrical and mechanical technicians exiting the military each year. These technical experts quickly become assets within the construction industry as electricians, equipment mechanics, and multi-craft technicians,” Serra said.

Once hired, construction employers benefit from the different backgrounds and skill sets of transitioning and former service members. Read the full article by Virtual Builders Exchange here and if you are a Junior Military Officer (JMO), Noncommissioned Officer (NCO), or Enlisted Technician looking for a post-military career in the construction industry, register with Orion online today to begin your career search.


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