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Fathers working together with their sons on Belman Homes’ construction sites are taking the “Take Your Kid to Work” theme seriously. Due to a shortage in manual labor nationwide, the parent and adult child pairing has become a necessity for some Milwaukee-area skilled trades laborers.

Easing the burden
In an attempt to manage the labor shortage burden, workers are inviting their adult children to work alongside them. Skilled trades are often passed down from generation to generation, with the younger set being educated on the job. A “learn and earn” proposition, the addition of apprentice offspring provides “a lot of productivity when we need it,” said Belman, owner of Belman Homes Inc. and recently named Wisconsin Builders Association Rising Star.

According to a recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey, June 2012 – March 2013 builders reported at least some shortage increase in 12 labor categories, including plumbers, carpenters and electricians. Among the reasons are a smaller demographic pool with Generation X and a more technologically focused population of Generation Y (whose population is comparable to baby boomers), said a Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA) spokesperson. “Our challenge will be to compete for this population to choose our industry,” he said.....

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