Workforce Development

Workforce Development
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Contacts: Greg Zick
(202) 266-8493
gzick@nahb.org

Alexis Moch
(202) 266-8407
amoch@nahb.org

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A skilled and capable workforce that is adequate to meet our nation’s housing demand is vital to home builders. Despite competitive pay, the home building industry continues to experience labor shortages, which impacts housing affordability.

In a 2020 survey of NAHB members, 85 percent reported that the availability and cost of workers is the most significant challenge builders will face in 2020. This translates into higher housing costs, increased home prices, difficulty completing projects on time, and lower economic growth.

NAHB is working to address the industry’s labor shortage by working with state and local home builders associations; HBI, its workforce development arm; and other partners, including career and technical education institutions. NAHB's Student Chapters program provides opportunities for high school and college students, including the prestigious NAHB Student Competition at the International Builders’ Show.

NAHB also supports and advocates for local, state and federal funds used to invest in industry-sponsored and validated programs that have been proven to be successful: HBI Job Corps and Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) programs are cost-effective means of providing skills training and job placement assistance to individuals who are unable to compete in the labor market and of supplying the construction industry with a source of well-trained and motivated workers.

Learn more about NAHB resources to support their efforts. Are you a workforce development champion? View the checklist

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Resources to recruit the next generation of skilled labor in the housing industry.

Workforce Development Resources

Workforce Development Resources

Resources to recruit the next generation of skilled labor in the housing industry.
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Learn about the career opportunities in six of the most popular trades.

Careers in the Construction Trades

Careers in the Construction Trades

Learn about the career opportunities in six of the most popular trades.
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Construction managers serve a critical role in the construction of new home.

Careers in Construction Management

Careers in Construction Management

Construction managers serve a critical role in the construction of new home.
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Home Builders Institute
NAHB’s workforce development arm is a leader for industry career training.

Home Builders Institute

Home Builders Institute

NAHB’s workforce development arm is a leader for industry career training.
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NAHB’s philanthropic arm supports  education, training and research programs.

National Housing Endowment

National Housing Endowment

NAHB’s philanthropic arm supports  education, training and research programs.
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Industry-wide effort to raise funds to address the shortage of skilled labor. 

Skilled Labor Fund

Skilled Labor Fund

Industry-wide effort to raise funds to address the shortage of skilled labor. 
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