Inspiring the next generation of well-trained and motivated workers is critical for the home building industry. To help encourage students across the country to consider a career in construction, local and state HBAs are invited to apply for the Career Connections Funding Opportunity, funded by the Skilled Labor Fund (SLF) and managed by the National Housing Endowment (NHE).
The purpose of this funding is 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 format
- Presentations where industry educates students about the 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
Funding is limited to $2,500 per HBA per event. The committee will consider each application and will award funds based upon merit and funding availability. The plan is to fund 40 events in this round and launch another round later in 2020. Allocation of funds is determined by a committee representing the Skilled Labor Fund, NHE, NAHB and any direction provided by contributors.