Members of the Dallas Builders Association hosted dozens of construction trades students from Skyline High School for a jobsite visit last week.
The city’s largest high school, with more than 4,400 students enrolled, Skyline launched the nation’s first magnet school in 1971. While more than 2,100 students participate in the magnet programs, fewer than 40 of them study construction trades.
But teacher Doug Palmer says these students are hungry to learn and find work in the industry.
“The students gained valuable knowledge and experience by touring a residential structure under construction,” said Palmer. “Parents and students need to know that the students can make a good living by learning a trade and even possibly starting their own business.”
Host builder and HBA president Michael Turner of Classic Urban Homes is a graduate of a similar program and has since become one of the leading custom builders in Dallas.
“It was a pleasure to host the Skyline Building Trades program today and share my experiences and home with them,” said Turner. “I hope they took away that this is an industry that will welcome them upon graduation if they choose to entry the trades. And I hope they got a better perspective on how many different contractors and companies it takes to build a house.”
After the tour, student were able to speak with area tradesmen about their craft and potential job opportunities.
This event is part of the Dallas Builders Association’s continued efforts to empower the next generation of the construction workforce and address the industry’s ongoing labor shortage.
“We have talked about the labor shortage and its impact over and over again, but today was a chance to do something about it,” said Dallas BA executive officer Phil Crone. “More importantly, today gave these students a glimpse into a future career in the construction industry.”