Forecasting Model Could Help Glaziers Strengthen their Labor Pool
July 7, 2009
Finding and keeping good employees has always been a challenge
for contract glaziers. But what if there was a crystal ball to help
guide the industry toward a labor workforce? The Construction Users
Roundtable (CURT) and the Construction Workforce Development Center
(CWDC) have created an online Labor Supply/Demand Forecasting Model
designed to help the construction industry determine if there are
enough laborers in the right place at the right time to complete
ongoing and future projects. In addition to its tracking capabilities,
the system is designed to create predictive models in order to plan
for regional peak craft demands, as well as understand future laborer
needs and to plan for a sustainable workforce.
While the model is new in the United States it is not a new concept.
Daniel Groves, CWDC executive director, says the system has been
used successfully in Canada for about six years. "We looked
at that model and created an ownership arrangement with them to
be able to use it also in the United States," says Groves.
"The model has two sections: one for supply and one for demand.
Project owners can go in and input information about labor demand
while on the supply side contractors can put in project information
as well as available labor information," explains Groves. "Contractors
and owners complete online surveys that look at how available labor
is for them in that area. For example, through the survey they say
whether they had a surplus of labor, shortage, an adequate amount,
Groves says that due to confidentiality and anti-trust protocols
the model does not show specific information, such as a project's
name, location or owner.
"Aggregate information only is listed," explains Groves.
For contract glaziers employing the model, Groves says the will
take away several benefits.
"First, by having the supply and demand information they can
better plan their employment recruiting strategies," says Groves.
"Also, the information is in real-time in the sense that it
is updated at a minimum of every 90 days. Another unique aspect
is that you are getting the information directly from the sourcethe
owner or contractorit's not second- or third-hand information."
Use of the Forecasting Model is also free; the site is paid for
"All users must register for an account and they are approved
before they are given access to the site," adds Groves.
The model does not yet include specific information about contract
glaziers as Groves says owners have not yet listed any information
about their work with them nor have any contract glaziers participated.
"Though we would welcome them to do so," says Groves.
HERE to learn more about the Forecasting Model.
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