Skilled Labor Fund Grants Bring Shop Back to High Schools

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The Skilled Labor Fund, designed to address the lack of skilled labor entering the residential construction industry, awarded more than $200,000 in grants to 42 local HBAs across the country to provide skills training to high school students. "Working with local home builder associations, we can bring the shop back into our high schools and offer career fairs to change lives and create the future workforce for home building," said Ted Mahoney, a member of the Fund's Operating Committee and chairman-elect of the National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of NAHB. The Building Careers grant offers support for training programs provided largely by the Home Builders Institute and Career Connections funds career fairs and events. These programs will take place over the next two years and impact an estimated 24,000 students across the country. "This initiative was made possible through a partnership with the National Association of Home Builders and the generous gifts of our donors and partners. It is a great start and we need to do more," said Rick Judson, chair of the Endowment. The Skilled Labor Fund, managed by the Endowment, is a partnership of NAHB, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, the National Kitchen & Bath Association, SGC Horizon and Hydrogen Advertising. The Fund focuses solely on skilled labor for the residential market.

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