NAHB, HBI Pledge to Train 50,000 Workers Over Next 5 Years

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on July 19, 2018 3 Comments

Attending a White House event on workforce development, NAHB Chairman Randy Noel pledged that NAHB and the Home Builders Institute (HBI) will educate and train 50,000 new workers over the next five years for careers in the construction trades.

President Trump signed an executive order that establishes the National Council for the American Worker, which will develop a national strategy for training and retraining workers for high-demand industries.

As part of this initiative, the administration is asking companies and associations to sign a pledge committing them to expanding apprenticeships, increasing on-the-job training and providing students and workers the training and opportunities they need to succeed in the American workforce.

In a statement commending the White House plan to expand workforce development, Noel said:

“NAHB applauds President Trump’s leadership for signing an executive order that will develop a national strategy to expand job-training and apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers and give them the proper tools to succeed in the American workforce.

President Trump reaches to shake hands with HBI student Miguel Silva as he announces the workforce development initiative.

“Given the chronic labor shortages in the home building industry, I am especially pleased to attend this important White House event. NAHB will help do it part to invest in the future workforce by pledging to train 50,000 new workers over the next five years for a career in the construction trades.

“The Home Builders Institute, our workforce development arm, is a national leader for career training in the home building industry. To honor the administration’s important commitment to America’s workers, we will expand our training, certification and job placement programs for underserved and at-risk youth, transitioning military, veterans, ex-offenders and displaced workers.”

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  1. Dann Carnes says:

    We just took on a 19 year old who had taken a construction class in high school. He asked last week why a two x four is only 1 1/2 X 3.5″ AND is phobic about being on ladders. What incentive is available to help us keep him in our learning atmosphere with such handicaps?

    • NAHB Now says:

      Your own knowledge that a career in the construction trades is rewarding and leading by example is the best incentive — along with providing instruction on the best way to ascend and descend a ladder! We have lots of safety toolkits at nahb.org/safety to help.

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