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.
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. To get an inside look into the competition, click here to watch a video.
Parade of Homes – Student Tours
KCHBA hosts the second largest Parade of Homes in the country! Ask our committee about how you and your students can participate in a tour within your community! This programming will include educational content discussing all that goes into building a home, foundation to finish. Click here to watch a video from the Fall 2019 Student Tours.
As a trade association representing 250 home builders and the trades associated with them, KCHBA promotes employment opportunities for young people interested in construction trades and supports students pursuing a career in the residential construction industry. There are both a Career Ready Scholarship and Scholastic Scholarship being offered. Click here to access the Career Ready Scholarship Application or here to access the Scholastic Scholarship Application.
Home Builders Foundation Fund
Need help funding a classroom project that will benefit your students and/or the community? The Home Builders Foundation Fund of Greater Kansas City (Fund ID: home03) was formed in 2002 as the charitable arm of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City. The Fund is supported through contributions from HBA members and is dedicated to advancing a range of charitable, educational and community causes. Click here to learn more.
Parade of Playhouses
Develop your students’ skills while helping the community by building a playhouse! The Foundation hosts the Parade of Playhouses each year at the Greater Kansas City Home Show. The playhouses are auctioned off to raise funds that will benefit a regional charity. In 2019, this event supported Veterans Community Project with a donation of $25,000!
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.