Construction projects require workers with specialist skills and knowledge. Yet the number of individuals joining the construction industry has dwindled so much over the last decade that commercial insulation experts are thin on the ground.

Consequently, construction firms are struggling to fill positions. And it’s only going to get worse. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that demand for professional commercial insulation experts will increase by 5% between 2020 and 2030.

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill is set to inject US$65bn into “build back better” projects. A large percentage of the funding will be invested in commercial buildings. Trained commercial insulation specialists will be at a premium to insulate buildings that meet the latest energy-efficient standards.

Since the introduction of Environment Social and Governance (ESG) scores, there is more emphasis for businesses to install low-energy environments that reduce carbon emissions.

Commercial insulators not only need to know the latest methods for energy-efficiency, they also nee to understand other facets of a building project that impact their work.

To get up to speed, newcomers to the industry will require apprenticeships and on-the-job training.

Commercial Insulation Training

Commercial insulation courses take four years for apprentices to complete – and at a cost of more than $41,000. That’s a huge sum of money which effectively prices workers from low and regular-income families out of the construction job market.

A paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research also reveals there is more demand for interns in the construction industry. However, ethnic minorities are often frozen out by companies that are “less likely to respond to applicants with black-sounding names.”

To fill the skills shortage, construction firms will need to provide commercial insulation apprenticeships, lower the bar for entry-level candidates and embrace a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) program.

According to data, D&I programs are beneficial to companies. A diverse workforce is shown to boost workplace engagements and enhance creativity, innovation and productivity.

Hiring new entrants enables construction companies to build for the future and increase their chances of potential long-term benefits. Because commercial insulation is such a specialized role, and project managers need to call on professionals at precise moments in the cycle of a project, onboarding skilled commercial insulation workers from the beginning creates loyalty and trustworthiness.

How Cruitfly Can Help

Cruitfly is a staffing agency that specializes in recruiting candidates of all skill levels for the construction industry. Not only do we have a pool of workers you can hire on-demand, but we also have a proven staffing strategy that streamlines searches and matches relevant candidates to your project.

Construction companies that require commercial insulation specialists rarely have time to engage in a lengthy recruitment process without holding up a project. Using the services of an experienced staffing agency resolves time restraints and identifies the expertise you need.

What’s more, we champion the power of diversity and inclusion programs so can help you find ideal candidates with the potential and willingness to join your firm as an apprentice.

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