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Vol. 12, No. 5
Heroes Among Us, Strike Force Training, Low Bid Treadmill, Communication Skills

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The latest issue of Partners in Progress continues a series on workforce issues and the programs being implemented to recruit, train, and retain talented individuals, those with a good work ethic, the right aptitude, and enthusiasm. The cover story is about efforts related to Helmets to HardHats—a program designed to help military service members successfully transition into civilian life by through a career in the construction industry—and SMART Heroes—a program that provides sheet metal industry training, free of charge, to enlisted men and women of the U.S. military prior to discharge. Don’t miss our discussion about how to keep those trained craftspeople busy no matter the state of the economy by getting off the low-bid treadmill. If contractors are reliant on low-bid jobs, they become easily-replaceable commodities. Find out areas where contractors can stand out and make it worthwhile for general contractors to pay a premium. Finally, we talk about how communication skills are vital tools in today’s construction industry. “How” we communicate is as important as “what” we communicate, and allows us to pave a path toward trust, cooperation, an aligned vision, and success.