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Home Building Industry and Workforce Investment System Partnerships To Build On! Carolee Mills Vice President for Workforce Development Home Builders Institute Washington, DC What is This Session About? Help Wanted! Help Wanted!

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home building industry and workforce investment system partnerships to build on

Home Building Industryand Workforce Investment SystemPartnerships To Build On!

Carolee Mills

Vice President for Workforce Development

Home Builders Institute

Washington, DC


What is This Session About?

Help Wanted!

Help Wanted!

Vital national industry, desperately needs well-trained workers

offers excellent wages

has terrific career potential

seeks training and education partners

but first who are we
But, First, Who Are We?
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National trade association representing residential and light commercial

construction industry

  • 211,000 business members with a diverse occupational base . …Product developers, suppliers, designers, estimators, craft workers, managers, financiers, sales and marketing personnel, and more. . .
  • Member businesses employ almost 9 million workers
  • National network of 850 state and local Home Builder Association affiliates
and the home builders institute
And, the Home Builders Institute. . .

. . .The Workforce Development Arm of the National Association of Home Builders

. . .35 year history of worker development for the home

building industry, typically training 3,000 – 5,000 workers each year

  • Pre-Apprenticeship, Apprenticeship, and Job Corps training
  • Craft-skills standards, a new text book series, and a national registry to track training competencies
  • Contextual learning and career exploration strategies
  • Local partnerships for mentoring, internships, and hands-on building projects

Construction is one of the Nation’s largest industries. . .

Job opportunities continue to be excellent

Workers in construction have relatively high hourly earnings

Construction is one of the economy’s largest industries

Construction offers more opportunities than most other industries for individuals who want to own or run their own business

Women in construction - showing the greatest growth in the number of women-owned firms during the 1997-2002 period - growth 36%

Work in construction offers a wide variety of career opportunities


Home Building…

… The backbone of the American economy

Vital segment of local, state, and national economies. . .

…. 1 million + new single-family homes each

year + multi-family structures and remodeling

…. Construction of each 1,000 homes = 2,448 jobs,

over $85 million in wages, and $45 million in taxes and fees

…. Overall home building represents 14% of the Gross Domestic Product


And We Offer Great Career Opportunities!

Did you know?

More than 150+ occupations intersect in home construction

  • Average annual employment in construction grew
  • to 6.7 million workers in 2001, a 48.8% increase
  • in 10 years!
  • In contrast overall employment grew only 22%
  • during that period
  • By 2010 the industry will need 1.5 million
  • replacement workers, plus an equal number of
  • new workers
why is this important
Why is This Important?

Labor shortages and workforce development –

#1 industry issue for the past 4 years

The industry is facing. . .

  • Serious shortage of skilled workers across the industry
  • Aging workforce
  • Lack of knowledge about careers in the industry

As a primarily small business based industry, training, education, and career development is a challenge, and we need help!


To address industry training needs effectively. . .

…We need workforce partners in virtually every community in the country

As a partner. . .

What do we have to offer?

  • Industry-driven training models
  • Local business partnerships
  • True community spirit

As examples…

  • Tidewater (VA) HBA has trained 90+ workers each year for more than 20 years, using workforce training resources, with 100% placement, and new homes donated to local affordable housing coalition
  • Ft. Worth (TX) HBA partners with KB Homes and local sub-contractors to offer training for residents in conjunction with a major inner-

city redevelopment project

  • Naples (FL) HBA, BIA of S. California, BCA of Wood River Valley (ID) partner with schools on projects that increase school retention, and improve academic, and standardized test performance
  • Kalispell (MT) HBA partners with a high school and Community College to deliver post-secondary credentialing, and a seamless career pathway
  • HBI is helping the 8 South Dakota HBAs and the South Dakota Department of Labor to develop a statewide construction career exploration and contextual learning project
  • And, this is just the tip of the iceberg! There are 850 potential partners for the workforce system, plus extensive national resources at HBI

How can we help the workforce system?

  • Think of HBI as a One-Stop center for residential construction
  • Industry designed training for entry level workers in
  • construction crafts
  • Career exploration through local partnerships
  • National program models for youth and adults

As an example. . .

The Residential Construction Academy Series



Residential Construction Academy Series

Perfect way to introduce people of all ages to the building trades, while developing essential workplace skills

Carpentry Plumbing

Electrical Facilities Maintenance


Ideal for use in

workforce development training programs

high school programs

2-year college programs

building homes of our own
Building Homes of Our Own. . .

An interactive instructional game presenting a macro view of the entire home building process from site selection to final sale

Players collect information, solve problems and make choices as they build a 3D home against a budget

When complete, players review credit applications and sell to the buyer of their choice


Build a Home, Build a Career

A series of academic lessons

Math, Science, Social Studies, and English – based

on actual examples from the home building industry

A career exploration module

that helps showcase careers from craft skills, to technical

and middle management, to professional opportunities

Internships, mentoring

making various levels of employment accessible

Externships for teachers

to help them gain a better understanding of the industry

  • Hands-on building labs

under the auspices of schools, to help students apply academic learning


Craft Skills

Training through pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs

Projects that train across the country and place special needs youth and adults such as – displaced workers, veterans, homeless, incarcerated, and mature workers


Career Development Model

Training Future Home Builders

Workplace Basics

(Career Awareness, Life Skills, Job Search Skills, Basic Skills)

3 weeks classroom training + 1 week internship

OJT (paid) in desired field

3-6 months

Step 1

Full-time employment






Trades 101

Classroom and

hands-on training

12 weeks/40 hrs/wk

Full-time employment

Step 2

Advanced Skill Training

In specific trades areas

Classroom training provided as required

3-6 months OJT (paid)

Step 3


Registered Apprenticeship

Continuing Education,

College/certificate programs

Step 4


We offer our partnership and ask for your help…

   . . .Recruitment

. . .Promotion of industry careers

  . . .Assistance with training and career development

Working together the result will be….

  Greater access to the American dream!

the home building industry
The Home Building Industry

Thank You

Carolee Mills