It’s been widely reported across the nation that skilled trades people are needed, especially in the face of many natural disasters encompassing flooding, high winds and wildfires recently. The National Association of Home Builders has seen rising rates of open jobs over the past four years, and there is an inability for builders, remodelers and other trades to fill them. It’s a concerning issue locally as well, as employers struggle to find skilled workers.
It’s important for parents, educators and students to consider construction or technical careers. At the very least, they should be aware of the potential salary, job security and cost of education.
Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters and construction managers are needed to build new structures and update existing buildings. Locally, the construction industry has been stable. It’s a wonderful environment to enter a trade, grow a business or career and leverage it to provide for a satisfying lifestyle or to support a growing family.
The Home Builders Association and its charity, Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation, persistently promote our building industry to area youth through several events and programs throughout the year.
In the spring, Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation will award scholarships to high school students who are interested in attending Minnesota State Community and Technical College or North Dakota State College of Science, and studying in an available construction program. Applications will be available in January at hbcfm.com.
Last month, Home Builders Care awarded $14,000 in scholarships. Students attending our local colleges and trade schools, who are members of a National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter, are eligible to apply for assistance in the fall.
Herdina Academy for The Construction Trades
The Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades is a two-week camp each June for students age 15 years or older. Working side-by-side with industry professionals, students get to explore the world of construction. The cost is only $25 and students can earn three college credits.
The HBA of FM promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper.
Health, Tech & Trades Career Expo
Home Builders Care is a major sponsor of the Health, Tech & Trades Career Expo. This event is held Nov. 30 at the Fargodome. It is designed to help ninth graders explore different careers and education opportunities in a hands-on environment. The Expo supports industries that are in high demand of qualified, skilled workers.
HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF FM
Members of the community can donate to the foundation and support these scholarships by visiting hbafm.com and clicking “Donate.”
Tyrone Leslie, HBA President, Heritage Homes
Leslie founded Heritage Homes in 1995. It is a custom residential homebuilding company serving the FM metro and lakes areas.