After years of struggle following the market crash in 2008 and 2009, things have been looking up in the construction industry. In fact, several years of steady growth have led to spending approaching the peak we saw in 2006,. Yet, there are several key challenges as noted by Construction Dive . Among their top ten industry trends for 2017 are three significant challenges:
- The labor shortage will continue to plague the industry,
- Construction costs will rise due to materials and labor, and
- Construction firms will face increased scrutiny and prosecution of safety and fraud incidents
One easy thing that construction companies can do to begin to address these challenges is to increase training efforts and to adopt on-line learning platforms. With fewer qualified applicants to choose from, it is becoming increasingly important to groom people for important jobs. An online platform can help to get new employees up to speed quickly and to teach them skills and processes that may be new to them. Such a platform can also be an effective element in helping experienced employees develop advanced skills.
Online platforms are also very useful for creating, deploying, and tracking safety training. New courses, reflecting new policies or new hazards, can be deployed to employees immediately. Online training systems also make it easy to track who has taken which training and who still needs training. Similarly, they make it easy to show compliance in response to an OSHA or other external audit.
If you would like to know more about how an learning platform could help your business, you may be interested in our latest white paper on how Online Training Can Enable Construction Companies to Grow the Business while Controlling Costs.
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