It’s no secret that the construction industry has changed dramatically over the past couple of decades. But for all its ups and downs, one thing that has remained constant is the demand for the skilled trades.

Where have all the tradesmen gone? This is one of the most prevalent – and important – questions being asked in the construction industry today. Although the market has moderately rebounded from the throes of the Great Recession, many of the effects of the prolonged slump in housing and construction are still lingering. 

The trade industry has undergone a seismic shift over the past couple of decades. Technological developments, cultural changes and the lingering effects of the Great Recession have all contributed to what many experts see as a troubling trend: A lack of skilled tradesmen in today’s workforce.