Headlines Show Promising Results from Focused Efforts

Nearly 200 high school students from seven area construction trades programs took part in hands on demonstrations at the Dallas Builders Show last November. An opening session by Paige Shipp of MetroStudy underscored the need for construction labor and the bright prospects that young workers have for employment in the industry. The student attendees rotated through seven hands-on product demonstrations from association members and the Building Officials Association of Texas and worked on their soft skills by participating in mock interviews led by Dallas BA members. 

The Dallas Builders Association has established a scholarship fund benefiting students enrolled in Collin College’s construction management program. Since the program began last fall, it has enrolled 63 students and is poised for continued growth as it moves to its new home at the college’s technical campus now under construction. Many students are working in low wage jobs, trying to support themselves and their families en route to a better life in our industry. An investment in their future pays huge dividends for them and member companies who hire them after graduation. Tuition for Collin County residents is $54 per credit hour and $100 per credit hour for all other Texas residents.

The Home Builders Institute (HBI) Military and Veterans program is designed to help transitioning military and veterans at every stage of the employment continuum. Participants are assessed, trained, certified and placed in a quality construction job.

Iowa’s Student-Built House Program provides high school and college students technical experience in the building trades to strengthen the workforce development pipeline in Iowa. Students enrolled in the program receive college credit and a 10-hour OSHA certificate. The Greater Iowa City Area HBA, in partnership with Kirkwood Community College, provided a Student-Built House to a new owner through Reach For Your Potential, a nonprofit organization that assists adults with disabilities. the HBA and home-building industry have a chance to develop the next generation of tradespeople

Half of payroll workers in construction earn more than $47,290, and the top 25% make at least $66,290, according to the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics Survey data and analysis by NAHB. Year-over-year, median wages in construction outpaced the national median wages, 3.2% vs 2.5%.

The Home Depot Foundation and the Home Builders Institute (HBI) recently expanded their partnership to address the skilled labor shortage by launching a youth trades training program. The program and its industry-recognized Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) curriculum is available to 11th and 12th grade students in approximately 25 high schools in nine states. The program will expand to more high schools in 2020.

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