For nearly four years the Home Builders Association of Michigan has made building awareness about workforce needs a primary focus. Schools and training organizations have taken note (as have leaders at our state capitol who’ve increased funding and support for these efforts). HBAs around the state have followed suit and virtually all have engaged with local educators. If your area of the state has a construction trade program, we encourage you to get involved. Reach out to the instructors, meet the students. Engage. If you haven’t yet, we hope this issue of Michigan Builder inspires you to take that step. We’re profiling several programs that need to grow and be replicated across our great state. Take a look!
The HBA of Michigan created Skilled to Build Michigan Foundation, a 501 (C) (3) that works daily to create awareness of the good paying opportunities available today. Through the hard work of Dawn Crandall, they have created an amazing statewide network of school counselors, students, construction-trades teachers, veterans, the Department of Corrections, Junior Achievement, MI Bright Future, Michigan Community Action and others. Visit them at www.skilledtobuildmichigan.comfor additional information.