As we near the end of Careers in Construction Month, some NAHB leaders are going above and beyond to encourage students to embark on a career in construction.
Sarah Schultz, EOC liaison for the NAHB Student Chapters Advisory Board, has established 12 NAHB student chapters, and counting, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Schultz' secret to success is personal phone calls and regular follow-up with each high schools’ construction program in the HBA of the Upper Peninsula
(HBAUP) district. Schultz is working hard to establish five more chapters this year, and her goal is to make sure every high school knows about the local HBA and NAHB Student Chapters.
HBAUP covers membership fees for students so they learn valuable skills, gain experience and graduate high school with OSHA certification to give them a leg up when entering the job search. “These are huge advantages making a difference for young folk in competitive job markets,” says Schultz. She is currently developing a repository of successful programs at each of the local’s high school student chapters that can be eventually shared with other student chapters and HBAs across the country.
To supplement careers in construction outreach, this summer Schultz applied for and was awarded a Career Connections Grant from the National Housing Endowment’s Skilled Labor Fund
. Funds supported an HBA Student Career Fair to connect members and students with networking and employment opportunities within skilled trades.
If your HBA is looking for an easy way to promote the residential construction industry, there’s still time to submit a request to your state to proclaim October as Careers in Construction Month. Add your state’s name next to Michigan’s and join this nationwide effort. View our sample proclamation
and proclamation tips
and submit your request today.
Questions? Contact Sarah Weber