Trillium Construction Announces the 2019 Employee of the Year!

Trillium is excited to announce that the 2019 Employee of the Year has been chosen! Congratulations to Chad Riphenburg with our Eau Claire, WI construction office for being selected as the 2019 Employee of the year!

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12 High Paying Construction Jobs to Consider

I have written about it time and time again that the skilled trades industry is an excellent alternative to a formal 4 year education. There are more than enough various skills sets to gravitate towards and not only that but positions in the skilled trades and construction industries can be very lucrative when it comes to pay, benefits and opportunities available.

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What To Expect From The Construction Industry in 2019!

We may already be a quarter of the way through the new year but it is never to late to try and plan for what lies ahead. This is no different for the construction industry in 2019. However, a report released in late 2018 may, in fact, show a very minimal change in construction activity, only increasing in revenue by about $2 million from the previous year. So what does this mean?

In short, this could simply mean that while record growth within the construction industry is starting to plateau, spending and activity related to projects are most likely going to stay constant through 2019 with very minimal increases in overall spending. However, there are still some key factors that indicate a change is on the horizon. Based on past events with a similarly strong economy, this level of growth and spending is simply not sustainable over a long period of time.

Chief Economist and VP of Dodge Data & Analytics, Robert Murray, believes that a even if the construction industry sees a decrease in activity that doesn’t necessarily mean that the overall state will suffer a decline. It is his belief that overall value and spending on construction starts will achieve a “deceleration…the enhanced level of activity that has been achieved over the past several years.” In essence, the construction industry may fall back to where spending and activity was at its most profitable and sustainable over the past few years; a decline but not drastic.

However, according to Cristian deRitis, the Senior Director of Moody’s Analytics, the biggest red flag indicating an economic decline is the steady but low unemployment rate. Cristian argues that, historically, “any time unemployment hovers around 4.5%, recession comes about three years later.” And, in fact, ever since March of 2018, the unemployment rate has been steadily dropping. With this information in mind, according to Moody’s Analytics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this could mean that the economy is due for a recession next summer.

In addition, it is no surprise that the desperate demand for a skilled workforce is effecting the overall health of the construction industry. In a recent survey performed by the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk, 81% of those surveyed said they are having a hard time filling craft positions and 56% said the same thing about salaried positions. Where a small number of contractors are attempting to sustain through the labor shortage, the overall problem is that economists agree that is a problem that isn’t going away overnight. Only time will tell how much the construction industry will be able to retain this level of productivity through a long-term labor shortage and consistent low unemployment rates. However, all signs seem to point to 2019 remaining steady and profitable.

The Trillium brand of companies is privately owned by René Poch and provides more than 30 years of industry leading recruitment and staffing services through its divisions including: Trillium Staffing, Trillium Construction Services, Trillium Driver Solutions, Trillium Marine, Trillium Technical, Trillium Environmental, Trillium Hospitality and Trillium Techs. With approximately 100 offices nationwide and nearly 400 internal recruitment professionals, the Trillium brand is proud to be recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts as a Top 25 Largest Industrial Staffing Firm in the U.S., a Top 100 Largest Staffing Firm in the U.S., a Top 100 Fastest Growing Staffing Firm in the U.S., and a winner of National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. For more information please visit www.trilliumstaffing.com.

 

 

How Awareness and Early Education Can Combat the Construction Labor Shortage!

It is no surprise to anyone in the skilled trades industry that we are in the middle of a very serious and real labor shortage. In fact, according to timesunion.com, 80% of US based construction companies surveyed are experiencing problems in finding qualified workers, mainly hourly skilled trades workers. Just within the state of NY, 79% of companies stated having issues locating hourly workers, according to the Associated General Contractors of America;s 2018 Workforce Survey.

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Demand for Experienced Skilled Trades Talent Grows

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the construction industry will face a shortage of 1.6 million workers by 2022. So how did an industry that let go more than 2 million workers during the recession, well more than any other industry, end up in the talent struggle?

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Currently, there is only one tradesman entering the workforce for every 5 that retire. With 73% of construction firms planning to expand their headcount throughout 2017, this leaves the industry in a continued shortage for qualified talent. The Associated General Contractors of America reported that construction firms added employees over the past year at nearly double the rate of the overall economy. In June alone, the industry added 16,000 jobs across the country.

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1.6 Million New Workers Needed In This Industry By 2022!

With the job market booming in most sectors, you may be surprised to learn that the construction industry is tied in growth with the medical industry! Experiencing an annual employment growth rate of 2.6%, the demand for skilled and experienced talent both in skilled trades and management is undeniable. Experts with ABC predict that 1.6 million new skilled workers will be needed in the construction industry by 2022!

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Heavy Industrial Staffing: Finding An Industrial Staffing Agency

Have you tried unsuccessfully to partner with traditional staffing agencies for your heavy industrial staffing needs? There are several factors that set heavy industrial staffing agencies apart from traditional staffing agencies.

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Many light industrial staffing agencies recruit for positions such as welders, fabricators, and other semi-skilled positions. The majority of these positions are light in nature and require far less training and experience than skilled trades positions. Hiring unskilled workers for heavy industrial positions such as pipe fitters, pipe welders, industrial electricians, combo welders, and millwrights could result in losses and damages in the tens of thousands of dollars in as quickly as one day on the job. In addition to damaged materials, equipment, and loss of production, unskilled workers performing heavy industrial jobs are more likely to get injured on the job.

The processes, tools, and equipment involved in industrial construction projects can often result in serious injuries when duties are performed by unskilled workers. While the ability to get someone in place for the position faster by partnering with an existing partner may seem appealing, the consequences can be long term.

So how do you identify a skilled trades staffing agency or industrial staffing agency? Here are a few ways to identify a skilled trades recruiter:

  • The company website shows that at least a portion of their staff is dedicated to skilled trades or industrial staffing.
  • They should provide a list of positions that they staff for industrial projects such as pipe fitters, pipe welders, industrial electricians, combo welders, and millwrights.
  • Ask them how many shutdowns and turnarounds they supplied staff for in the past year. If they seem confused, continue your search elsewhere.
  • Ask them to describe how they support and encourage safety for their industrial and skilled trades workers. If their answer is generic in nature such as a basic safety quiz or video is performed upon hire, they likely do not specialize in industrial and skilled trades placements.
  • Inquire as to what safety services and training are available through their company. Do they employ a full time safety team?
  • Ask for references. If you are still unsure about a staffing agency’s ability to provide you with safe and skilled industrial workers ask them to if they are able to provide a list of industrial projects they have provided skilled trades staff for in the past.

Obtaining, running, and managing heavy industrial construction projects can be difficult enough with qualified and experienced industrial workers. Don’t chance your company’s reputation, financial state, and future with unskilled talent on the job.

Are you a stand out professional, technical professional, driver, or skilled worker seeking contingent, temporary, or long term career opportunities?  Visit our job board  for more information!  Want to learn more about how you can gain access to Trillium’s national network of professionals and skilled workers? Contact us today!

Trillium, a national leader in staffing and recruitment is a valued staffing partner to over 22,000 companies nationwide. Trillium is privately owned by Oskar René Poch.

 

Hurricane and Disaster Cleanups Slowed By Talent Shortages

The impact that a natural disaster can have on a community is profound. Consider the short and long term effects of Katrina and Sandy on not only their local areas, but nationwide as the valuable services that are provided by these communities are cut off. Unfortunately natural disasters usually wipe out the local and regional resources, making recovery time longer and causing additional hardships on those involved.

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Hurricane Sandy brought to light the need for experienced skilled trades and environmental workers that are available to mobilize to different areas quickly. With many local contractors without equipment, personnel, and communication devices outside contractors were a critical part of the recovery and restoration process.

With hurricane season upon us, now is the time to consider your resources before disaster strikes. Most environmental and construction restoration contractors do not employ enough personnel to take on projects of this magnitude without adding to their workforce. In addition to the need to quickly mobilize, contractors should ensure that their additional project personnel are qualified, trained, and appropriately certified to be performing the work. Having skilled workers available at the moment that disaster strikes, can be invaluable to your business and allow you to take on additional project loads quickly and efficiently.

When considering a staffing partner for remediation and restoration work be sure to verify the following:

  • The staffing partner specializes in your line of work.
  • The staffing partner is well established and is able to demonstrate their previous abilities to hire for these roles.
  • The staffing partner has a pool of pre-qualified candidates.
  • The staffing partner is experienced in disaster related projects.
  • The staffing partner specializes in mobile workforces.

Want to learn more about how you can gain access to Trillium’s national network of experienced skilled trades workers? Contact us today!  If you are a stand out skilled trades worker seeking short or long term career opportunities, visit our job seekers section for more information!

Trillium, a national leader in staffing and recruitment is a valued staffing partner to over 5,000 companies nationwide. Trillium is privately owned by Oskar René Poch.

Oil And Gas Industry Jobs On The Rise!

Are you looking for a job in the oil or gas industries? Now is the time! Almost half of the U.S. hiring managers in the industry are anticipating job growth including many full time positions yet this year!

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A recent survey conducted by Rigzone,  reported that more than a quarter of oil and gas employers planned to use more staffing agencies to fill positions in 2013 than they had in the past. Obtaining a position in the oil and gas industry through a construction or skilled trades staffing firm can provide additional security and benefits for an employee. An established construction staffing agency will often provide more overtime opportunities, traveling positions, workplace flexibility, and more job stability as most work with multiple contractors in the industry and can keep tradesmen employed going project to project.

The areas with the most anticipated growth for 2013 in the oil and gas industry include:

Mechanical Engineers

Design Engineers

Petroleum Engineers

Electrical Engineers

Reservoir Engineers

Pipeline Engineers

HSE Managers

Finance and Accounting

Production Engineers

Production Operators

Process Engineers

Heavy Equipment Operators

Refinery Specialists

If you are interested in a new position in the oil and gas industry, now is the time to act! With a larger than usual opportunity for full time positions, these positions will fill quickly!

If you are a contractor seeking to add additional staff, anticipating your future needs sooner rather than later can help you in the search for talent. With approximately half of the contractors in the industry recruiting for the same types of tradesmen and engineers, the top level talent will likely be hired for positions earlier in the season. Also, consider partnering with a staffing firm that specializes in your line of business but services a multitude of positions. Creating and maintaining a relationship with a staffing partner that understands your needs and your company profile without reinventing the wheel each time, will save you a large amount of time and resources.

Want to learn more about how you can gain access to Trillium’s national network of experienced tradesmen and construction workers? Contact us today!  If you are a stand out skilled trades worker seeking short or long term career opportunities, visit our job seekers section for more information!

Trillium, a national leader in staffing and recruitment is a valued staffing partner to over 5,000 companies nationwide. Trillium is privately owned by Oskar René Poch.