February 20, 2018
EFFORT TO CURB THE INDUSTRY'S LABOR SHORTAGE PROBLEM GROWING
Builder and trade members encouraged to host summer interns
By Michael Strech, President and CEO, North State BIA
We simply do not have enough individuals coming into the construction trades in order to sustain the requisite housing production that will keep home prices at a reasonable level. A number of factors have contributed to the shortage but our number one challenge is convincing young people that well-paying careers are available in the construction industry.
So what are we doing? Two years ago, our Foundation provided some logistical support to Lennar, which established its own internship program that allowed 15 local high school juniors to learn about the in's and out's of the homebuilding industry. That program - the Sandy Wills Project Opportunity Internship Program - has proven to be a hit, so Lennar is expanding it to accommodate 60 juniors - our Foundation is also developing a job fair to place at least 100 graduating seniors into jobs.
Now its time to expand our entire industry's efforts on the internship front, so we would like to invite BIA builders and trade contractors to participate by providing juniors with internships and hiring qualified seniors. To support this effort, t he BIA has allocated $150,000 to help offset the costs of hosting an intern. BIA members who host interns are eligible to receive a 50% reimbursement for wages paid to interns during their first 160 hours.
Already, Taylor Morrison, Anthem United, and USA Properties have said yes to working with their trades to provide internships, but we need more members to get on board with this effort. It's not an exaggeration to say that the future of this industry depends on it.
For more information, please click here or contact the Foundation's Program Administrator, Elizabeth Goldsmith, at email@example.com or (760) 963-3528.