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Construction jobs, laborer jobs or, for that matter, any other kind of jobs related to the construction industry can be quite difficult to find because of the stringent requirements set by construction firms. The reason for this is simply that, after the recent economic recession, the construction industry is not in as good a state as it should be. This begs the question of how the industry can turn a corner and become prosperous. The following is an action plan for a prosperous construction industry.

1.  Education and training:
These are the twin pillars for any major industry in the country. In fact, the short supply of skilled man power is something that is plaguing a variety of industries, in addition to the construction industry. Any industry that focuses on the education and training of youngsters would profit in the long run. Here are some details.

a.   Education:
The biggest problem that the construction industry faces is that different professionals have such different specializations that they have difficulty in taking into account each other’s domains even if they are working together. This leads to a sort of a disjointed effort to create just one thing. For example, an odd jobs laborer, a contractor and an architect would all have different skills. While a contractor would know how to manage materials and create joints but not know about designing, the architect would be limited to the designing and would not be able to understand the micro aspects. In order to create a synergy amongst construction professionals’ knowledge, integrated college level courses are in order.

b. Training:
The second problem of the construction industry is that once a construction professional completes his college course, his education stalls from that point on. This is highly undesirable and leads to professionals that are thoroughly out of date and stagnant. Therefore, the solution should come via companies and organizations taking steps to provide construction professionals with on job training, especially in the mid career stage. Updating of skills is important for a thriving industry which is what mid career training will do for most construction professionals.

2.  Single point responsibility:
The majority of construction companies in the nation deal with one aspect of the construction project. This leads to multiple companies coming together to work on one project. Since different companies handle different aspects, they are responsible for different things. This also creates a disjointed situation where the client has to manage and deal with multiple firms. Single point responsibility means that a firm would be held responsible for the whole project. Suggestions from experts propose that the Japanese model can be adopted for this in that a collection of companies would be bound together in a cross directorship or other types of amalgamation.

By creating a single point owner and proper educational and training modules, the construction industry can ensure a bright future for itself. This would also have an effect on the socio economic status of the country where even an odd jobs laborer finds support from work.

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