The roots of this issue lie in the societal perception of these professions. Younger generations often view skilled trade careers as less prestigious than white-collar jobs, and women, who make up more than half of the potential workforce, often consider these roles male-dominated. But that’s not all. Even when you attract top-notch talent, retaining them is an uphill battle. highlights a worrying 43% turnover rate, with employees staying at a company for less than five years on average. This constant churn not only incurs costs associated with recruitment, hiring, and retraining but also leads to delays in project completion due to understaffing.