• Forum Education Foundation Presents to Illinois Guidance Counselors

    A panel representing the Construction Forum Education Foundation (CFEF) participated Monday (Dec. 3) in a workshop offering information on careers to guidance counselors from throughout Southwestern Illinois. At right, Horner & Shifrin’s Justin Schmeltz presents for CFEF. ...

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  • Apprenticeships, Work-Based Learning Help Close the Skills Gap

    From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  by guest columnist, Chris Caldwell Last week, a Wall Street Journal article highlighted that Foxconn, a Taiwanese supplier for Apple, is considering outsourcing Chinese engineers and skilled laborers for its new facility in...

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  • BUD Celebrates Four Years of Success

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL Over 30 graduates of the Building Union Diversity (BUD) program, plus friends, union officials, and other program organizers and supporters of the program gathered at Carpenters Hall on Hampton...

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  • January Workplace Opioids Event May Serve as Change Springboard for MO

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL Enough with the stories of tragic deaths and inspirational recoveries from opioids: It’s time to deal with the issues head on, using practical best practice approaches, as any other...

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  • Global Consultant Plans Future of Workforce Initiative for STL

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL.  Accenture, a global management consulting and professional services, has selected St. Louis to be the site of three “proof of concept” initiatives in its worldwide examination of  what jobs will be and what...

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  • Rebuilding the STL Region: From the ‘As-Built’ to the Possible Future

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL One of the biggest issues in rehabilitating or repurposing an historic building is that – even when dogeared, yellowed drawings exist – the “as-builts” frequently do not match the...

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  • VIDEO: Minecraft and the Future Construction Workforce

    PERSPECTIVE by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL. A couple of years ago I wrote about a New York Times Magazine article on the game Minecraft and how it is challenging kids to think, design, and build. Since...

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  • A Closer Look at How the Opioid Epidemic Affects Employment

    From The NY Times:  The toll that the opioid epidemic has taken on the United States is undeniable. On average, 115 Americans die every day from a drug overdose involving an opioid, and even more suffer the debilitating effects...

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  • VIDEO: Sheetmetal Local 36 Hosts Kingdom Academy Students

    On July 20, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 hosted over 20 students and staff from the summer program of Kingdom Academy Ed Hoganson, director of marketing and recruitment for Local 36, provided the students with an introduction...

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  • The Scar From Which The Construction Workforce Has Yet To Recover

    From BuildZoom: One way to gauge the severity of the construction labor shortage in different places is to observe where job postings remain online for longer, suggesting greater difficulty filling jobs. Job posting data indicate that the...

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