VIDEO: How might technology help solve the labor shortage?

By Jenny LescohierDecember 08, 2022

Panelists included, from left: CONEXPO-CON/AGG 365 Editor Jenny Lescohier, Chair of Florida International University Jose Faria, MJ Church Senior Engineering Surveyor Sam Lemon, Trimble Vice President of Talent & DEI Melissa Uribes and McKinsey & Co. Senior Partner Jose Luis Blanco

Moderated by CONEXPO-CON/AGG 365 Editor Jenny Lescohier, a panel of experts discussed the labor shortage facing construction and how techology might offer solutions at Trimble Dimensions, a user conference held Nov. 6-9 in Las Vegas. 

Nearly every industry and business vertical is experiencing a labor shortage that’s getting more acute by the day. While the statistics might be dire, the future isn’t -thanks to a mix of technology, education and business initiatives that together are bringing innovative solutions to the table to help attract, train and retain the next-generation workforce.

Many of the root causes of the problem are well known, while some are lesser understood. Here a variety of solutions are examined to help close the gap, from educational initiatives like new degrees and learning spaces designed to equip students with the job-ready skills they need to succeed, to innovative technology that’s automating HR processes and helping to facilitate recruitment and onboarding.

Panelists include:

  • Joe Faria, Moss endowed chair of Florida International University, Miami, FL
  • Sam Lemon, senior engineering surveyor, MJ Church, UK
  • Melissa Uribes, vice president, talent, diversity, equity and inclusion, Trimble Inc.
  • Jose Luis Blanco, senior partner, McKinsey & Co.

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