EUGENE, Ore. – The pandemic has slowed industry’s efforts to attract skilled workers, but the need for those workers isn’t slowing down.
Build Oregon is an effort from the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of Associated General Contractors.
Aaron Bouchane, manager for workforce and professional development, said the usual method of visiting young people in schools has come to a stop due to COVID-19. But at the same time, construction continues, meaning the need for new hires is higher than ever.
“We hear our contractors are still looking for workers,” he said. “They’re moving forward with their plans and that includes hiring additional skilled workers. So the demand hasn’t stopped. But a lot of the activities that we do to educate people on these opportunities have largely stopped.”
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