Colorado’s construction industry in need of more workers

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DENVER -- Colorado’s construction industry is in dire need for more workers. As more people are moving to the state, supply cannot keep up with demand.

“We’re having a labor problem, which is causing us not to produce homes fast enough. It’s making home buyers wait and it’s raising costs,” Colorado Construction Institute Executive Director Michael Smith said.

The FOX 31 Problem Solvers wanted to know: What is going to fix this? That’s where the Colorado Construction Institute comes in. It partnered with the Home Builders Association to create a construction training program.

Oscar Vargas just moved to Colorado and is a student in the program.

“I have a kid on the way and I’m trying to move out of this area and actually do something with my life and find a good job,” he said.

The programs are for all ages -- both in and out of school -- and boot camps for adults take only four weeks.

“There is enough trades people out there that are looking for young people or middle-aged folks that are trying a new career that know how to work safe and know the basics of construction,” Smith said.

Graduates of the program have an employment rate above 90 percent, Smith said.

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