Over the past decade, there’s been a quiet shift happening in the U.S. labor force.
2017 marks the seventh year of an unmistakable lack of skilled trade workers in construction, manufacturing, hospitality and logistics industries, due to an absence of applicants. Causes for these shortages range from retiring baby boomers, to industry growth, stringent e-verify requirements, and Millennials’ overall lack of interest in manual labor-based jobs.
Construction has been one of the hardest hit industries, since workers were quick to move on to find other trades after the 2007 housing market crash. Now, over 46% of builders are reporting serious shortages, at a time when construction is on the rise.
Additionally, the manufacturing industry projects that it will need to add another 3.4 million workers over the next decade to make up for retirees and industry growth, however current trends will put them over 2 million short of that goal.
The labor shortage problem is growing, but we believe the answer to it has also been growing in cities across the US: the refugee workforce.
Since 2015, over 205,400 individuals have found refuge on U.S. soil. Displaced by war, persecution and natural disasters, these men and women have been forced to abandon friends, families, and the only life they ever knew. Striving to establish life here in America, these legal citizens are eager to find respectable employment so they can provide for their families and re-build. Many are not sure where to start their search, and at times face a wary and hesitant public due to changes in political climate.
Amplio founder, Chris Chancey, recognized these two needs and built the company in hopes of bridging that gap—and it is. Since its establishment in 2014 Amplio has connected over 300 refugees to companies in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Raleigh, and now, London.
These motivated and well-educated men and women have added value to companies such as Coca-Cola, The Atlanta Athletic club, FLSA, and many more. But these companies have gained more than just dependable employees—they have gained the satisfaction of helping meet a great need in the growing refugee community.
Beth Claterbaugh, of Mr. Mister, said, “The refugees I’ve met in our office have such a desire to work and provide for their families, and I’m so glad we get to play a small part in that… without the help of Amplio, we truly would not have our fantastic and dynamic team.”
These refugees are a gift to their companies, and these companies are a gift to them.
We believe this is just the beginning of a beautiful, ongoing exchange. With a record 65.5 million displaced individuals worldwide, Amplio is currently pursuing additional relationships with companies across the globe in hopes of closing the gap between labor shortage and refugee need.
Be a part of the solution—partner with us to hire talent from within the refugee workforce. Learn more about how we take on the risk so that you can experience the rewards of an efficient and dependable workplace.
You can start by contacting us at our website: www.ampliorecruiting.com
Together we can bridge the gap.