Are You a Workforce Development Champion?

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Labor shortages remain the top challenge among builders and a strong skilled labor workforce is critical to supporting a trophythriving construction industry.

Are you a tireless advocate for the skilled trades? NAHB wants to hear from you. If you’ve completed one or more of the following activities, you are a workforce development champion.

At schools:

  • Guest speaking or guest lecturing, which enables students to make connections between their coursework and real-life careers.
  • Serving as an advisor by identifying, developing and regularly reviewing curriculum or serving on an advisory board or committee.
  • Donating equipment to ensure students have access to appropriate instruments for their respective career fields.

Within your company:

  • Providing job shadowing opportunities or student field trips so students can see real-world examples of careers in action.
  • Offering internships, pre-apprenticeships or apprenticeships to connect students to industry experts.
  • Hosting teacher externships to help instructors and faculty keep pace with the rapidly changing workplace.

In your community:

  • Participating in career day events to share information about the industry and connect with students and the community.
  • Judging student competitions hosted by local or national organizations such as NAHB or Skills USA to provide industry expertise.

Tell us about your activities here for a chance to be recognized among your peers during the Workforce Development Champions Forum on Wednesday, Jan. 22 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the 2020 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. If you are a seasoned advocate or if you are striving to achieve champion status, you are invited to register and attend the forum, which will feature ideas and best practices for spearheading workforce development activities.

For more information, contact Greg Zick.

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  1. MIKE NELSON says:

    The Dual Community Development Program is training folks to enter the trades through HBI, using the Pre-Apprentice Certificate Program (PACT) a nationally recognized certificate program, and our goal is to have these students contribute to building panels for our affordable home design, thus lowering the cost and assisting low income families in the home acquisition process. We have a very robust partnership with over 90 entities including Michigan State University, MIWORKS, Home Depot, Lumber Liquidators, Sherwin Williams, and so many others. We envision a path for adults to move into the trades, and while doing so, assisting in the building of affordable housing thus the dual name.
    THE ABOVE IS A CANNED PARAGRAPH WE USE TO INTRODUCE OUR PROGRAM, WE HAVE GRADUATED 6 COHORTS, AND HAVE BUILT OUR FIRST AFFFORDABLE HOME FOR A FANMILY HERE IN ALLEGAN

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