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Strengthening the Construction Workforce

Walk onto any construction job site in the United States, and you’ll likely meet a diverse crew— one of different ages, races, abilities, nationalities, experiences, and educational backgrounds. All of these diverse individuals come together with a diverse set of tools to create our homes, offices, schools, and hospitals. No one project or team is exactly alike, and that’s a good thing! Anyone seeking out a general construction education should be encouraged. 

Since 2015, McKinsey & Company has released reports on the benefits of diverse workplaces, with their first report being released in 2015. The 2015 report found that the companies with the most diverse leadership “had a 15 percent greater likelihood of financial outperformance versus their bottom-quartile peers” [1] and their most recent report (2023) shows that figure rose to a whopping 39 percent.

While many studies by McKinsey and other notable firms have focused on the relationship between diversity, inclusion, and financial profitability, the 2023 study, Diversity Matters Even More, is exciting because it also focuses on “the interests and needs of a wider set of stakeholders, including employees, customers, and investors, prioritizes social and environmental goals, and drives towards sustainable, inclusive growth,” – or as they call it, holistic impact. The report pays special attention to community, workforce, and climate impact and found that all three have a positive correlation to both gender and ethnic diversity in leadership. 

This means that not only does company revenues increase when diverse teams are hired, but diversity and inclusion also have a profoundly positive impact on business ethics, talent attraction and retention, and operational eco-efficiency. The increase in employee morale cannot be understated either. When individuals from different backgrounds feel valued and included, they are more engaged, leading to higher retention rates and increased productivity. According to a report by Deloitte, inclusive companies are 1.7 times more likely to be innovative leaders in their market. [2]

Voices From the Field

In celebration of Women in Construction Week, which took place from March 3 to March 9, CEI reached out to its diverse student body and asked what inspired them to propel their career forward at CEI, what advice they would share with current or future learners. Construction Project Manager and dedicated CEI student Christine Moananu-Peko said she likes to see a project from start to finish and wanted to tackle a new frontier in the initial stages of construction: “I am taking the 101 Intro to Estimating and it’s helping with being able to know what to bid and what to expect when bidding.” When asked if she had any advice for other women in construction, Moananu-Peko echoed sentiments shared by many of her peers: “Don’t sell yourself short. Be confident in your work.”

In the construction industry, where technical expertise and proficiency are essential, investing in education pays dividends. This is where general construction education comes in. A study published in the Journal of Construction  Engineering and Management revealed that companies with a higher proportion of educated employees experienced improved project performance and reduced costs. [3]

Building a Brighter Future

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As the construction industry evolves, so too must our approach to workforce development. Companies that prioritize diversity and invest in education are not only future-proofing their organizations but also fostering environments where innovation thrives and employees flourish.

 

From inclusive hiring practices to robust educational initiatives, there are countless ways companies can strengthen their workforce and drive industry advancement. By leveraging the talents and perspectives of individuals from diverse backgrounds and equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed, the construction industry can build a brighter, more inclusive future for all.

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In conclusion, diversity and education are not just buzzwords; they are essential components of a thriving construction workforce. By embracing diversity and investing in education, companies can unlock innovation, enhance workplace culture, and drive long-term success. As we continue to navigate the complexities of the modern construction landscape, let us remember that our greatest strength lies in our diversity and our commitment to lifelong learning.

Getting Started with General Online Construction Education and Certifications

Whether you’re a novice looking to enter the construction field or a professional aiming to enhance your skill set, Construction Experts Inc. offers comprehensive online construction classes that are tailored to meet your learning needs while enjoying the flexibility of remote education.

View our course schedule to get started, or contact us with any questions you might have. 

References

  • McKinsey & Company. (2015). Why Diversity Matters.
    McKinsey & Company. (2023). Diversity Matters Even More.

  • Deloitte. (2021). The Diversity and Inclusion Revolution: Eight Powerful Truths.

  • Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. (2017). Impact of Education Level on Project Performance in the Construction Industry.

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