NAHB CEO Tells Workforce Leaders the Industry is Hiring

Workforce Development
Contact: Greg Zick
AVP, Workforce Development
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Jim tobin and workforce development expert panel on stage

L to R: Jim Tobin, Maria Flynn, Dr. Ximena Gates and Andy Hines

Shop class isn’t the only way for young people to consider a trade career. NAHB CEO Jim Tobin emphasized the residential construction industry’s willingness to mentor, train and support young people interested in pursuing a career in the skilled trades during a panel discussion at the Innovating Disruption program on May 16 in Atlanta.

The discussion, held in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club annual conference, was part of a dynamic daylong event featuring leaders from government, philanthropic and community-based organizations. The event’s goal was to deepen engagement between local clubs and partners such as NAHB for the Boys & Girls Club life and workforce readiness programs targeted to thousands of transition-age youth (ages 16-24).

The panel featured Tobin, Jobs for the Future CEO Maria Flynn and BuildWithin CEO Dr. Ximena Gates. Each speaker weighed in on the challenges taking a toll on their industry, building the talent pipeline and innovative ways they are considering the future of work in the industry. In addition, the speakers shared their vision for how their industry can impact today’s youth exploring career pathways.

“It’s not just that we need more people in the residential construction industry. We need the best people,” said Tobin. “We need smart, nimble, business-minded people and willing to fight for the American Dream.”

He encouraged club leaders nationwide to connect with their local HBA. Many HBAs are actively engaged with their local club. NAHB awarded $2,400 to 22 to HBAs this year to support career exploration activities.

Visit the Workforce Development section on to learn more about the national partnership with the Boys & Girls Club or access resources to promote careers in construction in your community.

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