HBA Funding Available to Support Construction Career Programs

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The National Housing Endowment (NHE) and the Skilled Labor Fund (SLF) launched two new grant programs to help HBAs attract the next generation of skilled workers. The Building Careers Program Grants and Career Connection Grant will support local workforce development efforts as the industry continues to address the skilled labor shortage. "These grant programs not only help to fund actual skills training, but also address the need to introduce residential construction as a rewarding career path," said NHE Chair Rick Judson. Building Careers Program Grants The SLF and the Home Builders Institute (HBI) are committed to working with secondary and post-secondary educational institutions to support student access to school-based, instructional programs and skills training in the residential construction trades. HBI offers a nationally recognized curriculum and ongoing instructor support. The SLF will provide financial assistance to schools unable to fund the total cost of the annual fee to license the HBI Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) curriculum. Grants will be awarded up to $12,500. Learn more and access the application. The SLF also accepts applications for a variety of residential workforce programs that provide students technical training, education and placement. Access the application. Career Connections Grant Local and state HBAs are encouraged to apply for the Career Connections Grant. Funding is available to support activities that introduce students to careers in residential skilled trades, including:
  • Traditional "career fairs" where students meet prospective employers in a trade show type of format
  • Presentations where industry professionals educate students about career opportunities in residential skilled trades
  • Industry participation in community or school-organized career events
  • Any bona fide activity that promotes the trades to students or endeavors to make employment connections
The NHE will provide funds up to $2,500 per event. Learn more and access the application. The deadline to apply for grants is May 15. For more information about the Building Careers Program Grants, contact NHE President & CEO Mark Pursell or HBI's David Howard. For more information about the Career Connections Grant, contact Caroline Fabacher.

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