Comprehensive Analysis on the Adoption of the Multiskilling Strategy among Craft Professionals

Rakan Albalawi, Paul M. Goodrum, Tim Taylor, Kevin Real, Mohammed A. Albattah

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Abstract

Studies suggest that multiskilling strategies can play a significant role to reduce labor shortages in the construction industry. Multiskilling is a labor strategy that involves the training of employees to acquire different skills and tasks in addition to their primary role in the workplace. This paper analyzes the adoption of multiskilling strategy in the US construction industry between 2005 and 2019 by examining 638,469 exam completions from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and its National Craft Assessment and Certification Program (NCACP). The paper measures the growth of multiskilling workers based upon race, gender, and dual-skill pairing patterns between 2005 and 2019. In addition, the effect of formal training on the multiskilling workers has been examined to investigate the impact on the strategy. Findings suggest that level of multiskilling among the observed population of craft professionals in the North American construction workforce did statistically grow from 2005 to 2019. Additionally, top dual-skill pairings vary between multiskilling craft professionals based on many demographics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2022
Subtitle of host publicationHealth and Safety, Workforce, and Education - Selected Papers from Construction Research Congress 2022
EditorsFarrokh Jazizadeh, Tripp Shealy, Michael J. Garvin
Pages471-480
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784483985
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
EventConstruction Research Congress 2022: Health and Safety, Workforce, and Education, CRC 2022 - Arlington, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2022Mar 12 2022

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2022: Health and Safety, Workforce, and Education - Selected Papers from Construction Research Congress 2022
Volume4-D

Conference

ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2022: Health and Safety, Workforce, and Education, CRC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityArlington
Period3/9/223/12/22

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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