As the construction industry continues to struggle finding workers, they are looking to potentially untapped job markets. For example, the asphalt industry is collaborating with the Future Farmers of America program to try to make a dent in the industry’s ongoing workforce shortage with workers who have some agriculture experience.
These young people are a great fit for the asphalt industry because they have grown up surrounded by heavy equipment. They know the value of long hours, working outside in harsh weather conditions and in a rural environment which are characteristics that fit very well with the requirements of a worker in the road building industry.
However, with over 7 million jobs open in the United States, with nearly 75% not requiring a four year degree, it’s clear we need to find even more untapped areas for potential employees.