Demand for construction workers is at an all-time high. An Associated General Contractors of America survey last year revealed that 91% of contractors have trouble filling positions.
Hiring in the construction sector slowed to 4.3% in June, according to Eye On Housing, less than half the rate of the peak May 2020 spike.
To raise awareness of the great career paths available in construction, NAHB will celebrate construction professionals and inspire the next generation to one day join them during Careers in Construction Month in October.
The busy slate of events will include:
- Oct. 2-6: Engage With Boys & Girls Clubs
- Oct. 9: Construction Educator Day
- Oct. 9-13: Student Chapter Engagement
- Oct. 16-20: Young Professionals Week
- Oct. 20: Careers in Construction Day
- Oct. 23-27: Celebrate Residential Construction
“It’s crucial we are teaching all ages about the opportunities in construction,” said Cindy Kosoloski, HBA of Greater Lansing (MI). “Exposing kids early is essential to the overall outreach and promotion of the trades.”
Kosoloski is hosting Design & Build Day in Lansing in a partnership with a local science center to provide an opportunity for kids to explore the trades in a hands-on environment.
“Members set up stations and kids get a new experience at each,” she said. “We have everything from plumbing, roofing, excavating, landscaping and so much more. We see nearly 800 kids throughout the day ranging in ages from 2-12. Our members do a fantastic job creating a fun experience for all who attend.”
NAHB is encouraging HBAs to make connections with local Boys & Girls Clubs to host events related to home building as a career path.
Details for how to promote and celebrate Careers in Construction Month, including marketing and advertising materials and social media resources, can be found in the toolkit.