Laura Black
Associate Senior Editor
+1 630.933.0844 ext. 252

Carol Stream, Ill. – April 10, 2018 – The construction industry is facing a shortage of skilled and qualified workers, which if not addressed could slow the completion of projects, ultimately increasing costs and impacting jobsite safety. The economic impact could be catastrophic, if something is not done.

Enter the Skillset Academy, a new initiative to revitalize basic training programs designed to spark a newly enhanced workforce which requires investing in technology and job training. .

The Skillset Academy, presented by Constructech magazine, will host sessions that combine the best advice in skills mentoring and professional development for personal growth. It will also provide an inside look at how technology is being used in construction today, helping improve safety and innovation in the industry.

The first Skillset Academy will take place on Monday, April 16 at Iowa State University from 1:30 – 4:30 pm.

“We have a responsibility to help the next generation be the best leaders they can be,” explains Peggy Smedley, editorial director of Constructech magazine and president of Specialty Publishing Media. “We need these young people to want to be in construction and to take over these trade jobs and tech positions in the field and in the office.”

The event will kick off with Karmyn Babcock of The Weitz Co., who will provide firsthand insights about how women can excel in the workplace. The day will then follow with presentations and demonstrations on robotics, drones, construction equipment, connected tools, 3D printing, and LiFi.

Special Hands-On Exhibits Include:

  • Simulators: Try out augmented reality and horizontal directional drill simulators with Vermeer Corp.
  • Recruitment Table: Recruitment opportunities from Brooks Construction, Indiana.
  • Connected Tools: Get hands-on experience with tools from Hilti.

The full agenda can be viewed at

Registration is free for industry professionals and can be found at

About Constructech magazine and Constructech TV: Constructech magazine is where construction and technology converge. The publication influences construction professionals to unleash the business value of technology. Constructech TV is an educational video show that helps contractors and builders recognize how to leverage emerging solutions at the jobsite, within smart cities, and in the office.