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Skillit raises $5.1M seed round to fix construction labor shortage

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Skillit raised a $5.1 million seed round for its LinkedIn-like service that connects labor-starved construction contractors with vetted workers, including for solar and wind projects.

Why it matters: A severe shortage in skilled labor is forcing developers to delay new renewable energy projects, industry sources tell Axios.

  • Skillit says its service, by connecting contractors with a vetted labor pool, can help rapidly fill that gap.

What's happening: Building Ventures led the round.

  • MetaProp, Holt Ventures, Great North Ventures, 1Sharpe Ventures and Takeoff Capital participated.

How it works: Skillit says it vets workers with trade-specific assessments and provides employers with insights on compensation, training and retention.

State of play: The bulk of the solar and wind workforce is in the field.

  • About 89% of solar companies last fall said they simply couldn't find enough of those workers.
  • The wind industry is on track to experience a shortfall as soon as 2025.

Meanwhile: Incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act are expected to add roughly 1 million new jobs a year in low-carbon energy — if companies can find skilled candidates to hire.

  • Organizations such as are also working to fill the talent pipeline by connecting companies with candidates.

Fun fact: Skillit founder Fraser Patterson is a former carpenter and general contractor.

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