In 2017, the HBA developed a strategic plan to alleviate the labor shortage in the residential construction industry. Using the strategic plan as a guide, the Workforce Development Committee immediately began implementing a multi-pronged approach to promote careers in home building. Below are some of the initiatives the HBA has undertaken and ways you can participate.
The HBA has established relationships with several KC area schools that promote the trades, such as the Northland Career Center and the Olathe Advanced Technical Center. In doing so, the HBA is often a presence at career fairs at those schools. If you would like to participate in an upcoming career fair, contact Courtney@kchba.org. Additionally, click here to submit existing internship opportunities to be shared during career days.
A partnership among Associated Builders and Contractors, Heart of America Chapter (ABC), the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (HBA) and Workforce Partnership has created Construct KC, which is a six-week training program to produce tradesmen with the skills needed to successfully enter the construction industry. Students are currently in the Johnson County Corrections Adult Residential Center and this program gives them the tools and skills to succeed once released. After six weeks of in-class, hands-on training, students spend six weeks of on-the-job training with employers. Those employers are reimbursed for 50 percent of the costs for that six-weeks of on-the-job training. A $200,000 grant from the State of Kansas, obtained by Workforce Partnership, is largely funding the program. If your company is interested in participating in the next hiring event for the Construct KC program, please contact Courtney@kchba.org.
The Construction 101 class explains the home-building process from excavation to completion. Originally focused at sales and marketing teams, the HBA has expanded it to include students. Last fall, Inspired Homes hosted students from Olathe Advanced Technical Center who are interested in the trades and talked through the building process at a subdivision currently under construction. If you are interested in hosting a Construction 101 class in your development, contact Dawn@kchba.org or Courtney@kchba.org.
The HBA has created a marketing campaign directed at students and their parents to promote jobs in the residential construction industry. This campaign includes advertising and a website, KCHomeWork.com. The website provides information on what types of jobs are available, pay ranges for those jobs, resources for finding jobs in the home-building industry and more. Specific details on training programs and where to find them can be found on the website. KCHomeWork.com also presents an overview of the HBA and the organization’s role in alleviating the labor shortage within the housing industry. If you would like these marketing materials to share, contact Courtney@kchba.org.
KC Manufacturing & Design Expo
The KC Manufacturing and Design Expo (KC MADE) promotes the talents of students currently in skilled trades programs. KC MADE is an opportunity for high school students to showcase their school projects in the fields of carpentry and metalwork. Projects are on display at the annual Greater Kansas City Home Show and winners/schools are awarded prizes. In 2018, six schools participated and more than 35 entries were judged. Click here for more information about KC MADE.
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