North America faces skills shortages, warns Pilosio
Construction projects in North America are facing skills shortages in the near future, according to Jeff Nipper, managing director for Pilosio in Canada.
Nipper has built up the Italian manufacturer’s Canadian business based on a consultancy approach – with Pilosio providing advice and design services to the contractor.
“The baby boomers are retiring,” said Nipper, speaking on Pilosio’s stand at Conexpo. “We’re facing a 15-year lack of experience in superintendants and project managers.
They are going to be young, educated from school but not educated in experience. And they aren’t going to have the mentors in the industry.
“That’s why my approach has been to come in as a consultant.”
Nipper, who formerly worked as a consultant at formwork supplier EFCO, started Pilosio in Canada in 2011, and has built up the business since then. Nipper, working with his design engineer, is able to offer innovative solutions to his customers.
An example of this was the West Regina Bypass in Saskatchewan with contractor Westridge. Nipper helped the contractor to design a formwork system which allowed the crash walls and piers to be poured in one operation rather than two, saving three weeks on the programme.