The Situation

  • For every four people who leave the trades, only one replacement is supplied by apprenticeship programs.

  • Only 10.4% of Alabama’s construction workforce is female.

  • The average age of a construction tradesman today is 47 years old.

Alabama’s construction industry is getting older—and smaller.

Thousands of men and women leave the trades every year, and there aren’t enough young workers to replace them. If we want our state to continue to prosper, we have to start from the ground up.

The Industry

  • 7.2 million Americans are employed by a construction trade annually.

  • The construction industry is projected to grow by 19% through 2018.

America wasn’t built in a day—and it didn’t build itself.

A proud, hard-working corps of men and women have supported the construction industry for centuries, and we need new blood to continue to carry our country into the new millennium.

The Opportunity

  • Each year in Alabama, there are over 2,875 construction job openings.

  • Commercial construction tradesmen are paid on average 33% more per week than the rest of Americans.

  • It will take 39% of college graduates 10+ years to pay off their student loans.

You don’t need a four-year degree to make a living.

Thousands of new jobs open up every year, and with training programs throughout the state, you can start earning a competitive salary with increasing benefits right away—without worrying about student loans.

Take The First Step

Join The FSWA

All are welcome at the table of tradesmen.

The resources you’ll need for a career in construction are within your reach—you just have to take the first step. Read about the skilled trades and explore Alabama’s training programs, then sign up for the FSWA.

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