• 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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  • Born on the Fourth of July

    PERSPECTIVE by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL  I’ve just spent a week in Ireland with my family. While there, I connected with distant relatives and developed a deeper understanding of the reasons that my family...

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  • Five Ways to Attract Top Construction Talent

    From United Rentals:  A solid, well-trained workforce is the backbone of any company. Ironically, this is the area where many construction companies flounder. All too often, companies use the same old methods to try to reach top...

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  • Thirteen is Lucky Number for BUD Program

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL The thirteenth cohort of the Building Union Diversity program graduated on Wednesday (May 30) in a ceremony at the AGC Training School. Sixty-five persons were in attendance, including graduates...

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  • Want Workers? Study Says Start With Equitable Public Policies

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL A vibrant economy and a strong, inclusive workforce for the St. Louis region must begin with equitable public policies in areas like housing, health, and development. That was the...

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  • Tarlton/BJC Announce Jobsite Careers Initiative

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL If, as the adage goes, it takes a village to raise a child, then the gathering held yesterday (April 30)  by Tarlton and BJC Healthcare at Christian Hospital Northwest...

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  • High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University

    From NPR:  Like most other American high school students, Garret Morgan had it drummed into him constantly: Go to college. Get a bachelor’s degree. “All through my life it was, ‘if you don’t go to college you’re...

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