BuildWitt partners with HCSS to address diminishing workforce issues in the construction industry
HCSS has partnered with BuildWitt to help solve the workforce issues the construction industry is facing. Companies can't keep crews fully staffed to meet demands because of a dwindling recruiting pool. With time, the problem will only increase.
The two companies will combine their resources to bring awareness to the issue and help companies access solutions to meet their specific needs. The partnership will be exploring multiple projects over the next few months, including ways to integrate or share content between the HCSS Academy and the BuildWitt Training platform.
Since 1986, HCSS has been helping contractors improve their business with solutions to support the entire life cycle of their construction projects.
"We're always looking for new ways to empower our customers with the right tools, knowledge, and training. We hope this partnership with BuildWitt will not only help our customers get more access to the information they need to get the most out of their software but also to solve some of the most pressing issues in their business and the industry," says Admir Hadziabulic, senior vice president of services at HCSS.
Since 2018, BuildWitt has been addressing common workforce problems by providing media and marketing services to companies in the Dirt World (i.e., infrastructure, earthmoving, utilities, site work, demolition, mining, materials, heavy equipment dealers, and supporting vendors). In 2022, BuildWitt launched a training platform with over 500 microlessons. The company's next step is establishing partnerships with other organizations driven by the same mission. Previously, BuildWitt has partnered with Wirtgen and with the National Utility Contractors Association.
"We're excited about the potential this partnership brings. HCSS has been serving the Dirt World industry for decades, and a big percentage of the industry uses their software to run critical parts of their business. Working together, we can improve training for the current workforce in the field and in the office while also attracting and training the next generation," says Dan Briscoe, president at BuildWitt.
BuildWitt has identified six primary causes for the workforce shortage: an aging workforce, individuals choosing college instead of trades, record demand for infrastructure, fierce competition for workers from other industries, poor perception of blue-collar work, and different mindsets and desires among younger generations.
The company will strategize with each new partnership to address one or more of the specific root causes of the workforce shortage.
"We don't claim to have all the answers or solutions. What's missing isn't an effort or intent to solve the workforce problem – instead, it's a cohesive effort," says Aaron Witt, CEO at BuildWitt.