Tom Soles, Executive Director of the New Horizon's Foundation, Guy Gast, former SMACNA President and current Chairman of the New Horizon's Foundation, and Jim Morgan, President/Owner of Worcester Air Conditioning, LLC, were featured on the latest episode of The Lean Construction Blog's Podcast.
Host Dick Bayer joined Soles, Gast, and Morgan for the podcast's April 16th episode. Their conversation focused on the ongoing labor shortage within the construction industry. The panel also examined some of the new ideas currently being considered that could overcome the existing roadblocks to finding skilled labor. Some of these ideas included looking at the apprenticeship framework, specifically how to expose young people to the trade at a younger age through educational programs. Finally, there was a discussion about some of the industry's initiatives to improve the pool of available labor, specifically the work of the Boston JATC and SMACNA's newly unveiled Career Center.
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