New Partnership with the American Welding Society

AWS Partners with BuildWitt to Help Solve Workforce Issues in the Dirt World

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NASHVILLE, TN - The American Welding Society, est. 1919, joins BuildWitt to help solve the workforce issues the construction industry is facing. With a dwindling recruiting pool, companies can’t keep crews fully staffed to meet demands, and the problem is only growing with time.

The two companies will combine their resources to bring awareness to the issue and help companies access solutions to meet their specific needs.

The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919, as a nonprofit organization with a global mission to “Advance the science, technology, and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes worldwide; including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying.”

That is AWS’ mission and it’s why they exist. Whether you are exploring certification, advanced training, updated standards, conferences, professional collaborations or the many exciting career opportunities in welding today – AWS exist works to support everyone connected to the welding industry in America. Count on AWS for the leading-edge industry knowledge and inspiration for a new generation of welders.

“One of the global core values of the American Welding Society is “Lifelong Learning,” where we encourage continuous education as fundamental to the success of any career in welding. By partnering with BuildWitt to host AWS educational content, we extend our reach, making us more accessible to all parts of the welding community.” —CEO & Executive Director, Gary Konarska II.

Since 2018, BuildWitt has been addressing common workforce problems by providing media and marketing services to companies in the Dirt World (i.e., infrastructure, earthmoving, utilities, site work, demolition, mining, materials, heavy equipment dealers, and supporting vendors). In 2022, BuildWitt launched a training platform with over 400 microlessons. The company’s next step is establishing partnerships with other organizations driven by the same mission.

“We’re excited to partner with the American Welding Society to bring their training to the BuildWitt platform. In many ways, the welding industry has done the best job in construction reaching the next generation with training, job opportunities, and career paths, largely due to the efforts of AWS. Working together, we can expand their reach even further into heavy civil, infrastructure, and mining companies,” said BuildWitt’s Dan Briscoe. 

BuildWitt has identified six primary causes for the workforce shortage: aging workforce; individuals choosing college instead of trades; record demand for infrastructure; fierce competition for workers from other industries; poor perception of blue-collar work; and different mindsets and desires among today’s younger generation.

The company will strategize with each new partnership to address one or more of the specific root causes of the workforce shortage.

“We don’t claim to have all the answers or solutions. What’s missing isn’t an effort or intent to solve the workforce problem—instead, it’s a cohesive effort,” says Aaron Witt, CEO  of BuildWitt.

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