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FMI Releases 2017 Talent Development Study
FMI Corporation, the leading provider of management consulting and investment banking services to engineering and construction, infrastructure and the built environment, is pleased to announce the release of its 2017 Talent Development report. The publication reveals emerging trends around talent development in the construction industry and paints a mixed picture of how firms are retaining and developing their people.  

Key findings from the study include:
  • 89% of participants reported talent shortages in this year's survey.
  • 75% of participants have made changes to their training programs in the last two years, with mixed results.
  • 43% of survey participants reported that their firms don't prepare a formal annual training and development budget.
  • Training and development programs aren't very effective (score of 5.8 out of 10).
  • Most firms struggle with performance management (score of 5 out of 10).
  • Organizations with the highest employee retention have committed to rich professional development cultures and have effective performance management processes.
  • 55% of survey respondents don't have any formal processes in place for identifying and developing high-potential employees.
Andy Patron, principal with FMI, added, "Our industry is telling us where we should focus our efforts, and these indicators should be a catalyst for action. While these are not new ideas, the current market and industry demographics are making them more important than ever."

CLICK HERE to review the 2017 FMI Talent Development report.
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How Do You create Five Million Apprenticeships?
Registration is open for the High Performing Leadership Series for Project Managers and Project Supervisors, now it its fifth year! Designed for the project team, this leadership series has received excellent reviews over the years and we anticipate attendance to continue to sell out. The program is set in an environment designed to focus on leadership and teamwork between two critical positions within a construction team. It combines the experiences and knowledge of project managers, project supervisors, and presenters, focusing on team building workshops to address common construction roadblocks to effectiveness.
This is a great opportunity for members of your project team to take their skills and knowledge to the next level by better understanding topics such as job profits, communication, scheduling, and safety, while defining and managing critical success factors in all phases on a project that can make or break a team, a project, and/or a company.
Dates & Locations
January 25 - 26, 2018
Iowa City
Sponsored by Hilti Inc. 
February 1 - 2, 2018  
Sponsored by Stetson Building Products, LLC  
CLICK HERE to access the complete program brochure, schedule and registration page.
CLICK HERE to register online.
For questions or additional information, please contact Tom Fulcher at 515.657.4395 or .
As we celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the Master Builder Designation program, we want to take a moment to showcase the Master Builder Achievement Award as the pinnacle in professional development achievement for employees of MBI firms.
This award was customized specifically for the Master Builder Designation program and features a city skyline, built with several materials commonly found in commercial construction. Standing on a 10" square base, the Master Builder Achievement Award measures 1' 8" tall and is as impressive as the accomplishment that it takes to earn it. This award will look great in any trophy case, credenza, or mantle...especially yours!
The Master Builder Achievement Award takes commitment to constantly improve your skills and stay connected to the process. By pursuing this award, you will grow in the areas of Leadership, Project Management, Safety, Ethics, and Ecological construction. Completion of 150 credits through MBI in these areas will earn you the coveted Master Builder Achievement Award.
CLICK HERE to view the Master Builder Designation brochure and application 
For additional information about the Master Builder Designation program or the Master Builder Achievement Award, contact Tom Fulcher at (515) 657-4395 or
The following is paraphrased and snipped from Construction Dive that was published Nov. 17, 2017. The link to the full article is at the bottom.  
Brief Summary:  

The Trump administration is a vocal supporter of apprenticeship programs, even accepting the challenge posed by Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff to create 5 million apprenticeships in five years. Some experts say that apprenticeships could be the link between employers with millions of job openings, and the millions of job seekers looking for work. But how do you make 5 million high-quality apprenticeships actually happen? Central to the implementation of apprenticeships in the U.S. are three practical questions related to future scalability:

  • Who should pay?
  • What should an apprentice learn?
  • How should apprenticeships be sold and organized?
To read the full article from Construction Dive, please CLICK HERE 
If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact MBI's Director of Public Affairs Ben Hammes at (515) 657-4401 or

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