Skilled labor shortages in the construction trades have had a major impact on the industry. It drives costs up, can result in delays, but worst of all, it threatens the integrity of the built environment.
Perhaps the biggest issue contributing to the skilled labor shortages is the lack of young people entering the industry. For the past several decades in the US, educators have strongly pushed students away from vocational training and skill development to focus on college prep as the exclusive option following graduation from high school.
That isn’t likely to change anytime soon. The next problem the construction industry has in terms of skilled labor is how to train and educate those that do find themselves in the trades. And for that, most education techniques still go back to hundreds of years ago when guilds ruled various trades and workers apprenticed under masters to learn on the job.
That’s why I think this 360 VR video from the Eastern Illinois University represents what the future of education looks like for the construction industry:
To view the video properly, you’ll need the Chrome web browser on a computer, or use VR goggles with your mobile device.