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Builders to millennials: We need your help

WASHINGTON – Dec. 20, 2016 – The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is touting growing job opportunities in residential construction for millennials, as the building industry continues to face a shortage of skilled workers. That lack of manpower has been blamed for project completion delays that, in turn, make projects cost more.
The number of available construction jobs has grown since the end of recession. There were about 214,000 construction sector jobs available as of July – the second highest monthly count of unfilled jobs since May 2007.
“Residential construction offers a number of fulfilling career opportunities, from architects and engineers to carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters and landscapers,” says NAHB Chairman Ed Brady. “Yet, our builders are telling us that access to skilled labor remains a top challenge.”
Many workers in the home building industry left the field during the Great Recession for other employment sectors. Not enough have returned since then, builders say.
“As the housing industry continues to recover, we are focused on training more workers and leaders to fill these important roles,” Brady says.
NAHB is teaming with HBI, a career training resource in the building industry, to offer educational programs in 41 states and the District of Columbia. They hope to reach more than 13,000 students each year. NAHB is also offering a Student Chapters Program, which has 140 secondary, associate and four-year college chapters nationwide that offer students first-hand exposure to the building industry through NAHB educational programing and networking opportunities.
Source: National Association of Home Builders

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