Even before the pandemic, employers in construction were taking more proactive approaches to build their labor pool to address a workforce that has been declining for decades. With an influx of federal spending and private capital, promoting the industry among underrepresented groups, such as women, has become an even greater priority. It’s not just construction: Architects and engineers face similar challenges attracting new employees, especially from underrepresented groups.
The Kansas City Business Journal recently gathered several leaders to discuss how employers can attract people to the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry in the Kansas City area and nationwide. Publisher Stacie Prosser moderated the discussion, which included workforce development, company culture and career guidance for young people entering the industry.