Construction Companies Recruit Trainees from Other Fields

As demand increases, field broadens its search.

Nashville native Brittany Faircloth will graduate from college in May with a degree in interior design, but she has no plans to pursue a career in that field.

Instead, she’s enrolled in a program with the huge international construction company Skanska in Nashville, training to become a construction manager.

Skanska, whose local projects include the Nissan headquarters building in Cool Springs, is among a number of companies in the construction field scrambling to “grow their own” managers and engineers in the wake of a shortage of qualified graduates from traditional college construction-management and engineering programs.

To do that, they’re finding fresh grads like Faircloth from other disciplines who are open to the idea of switching gears in their careers.

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Source: The Tennessean