October is Careers in Construction Month, an important time for all of us in the housing industry to increase public awareness about the great jobs available in residential construction and related trade professions.
NAHB recently launched a Careers in the Construction Trades section on its website to highlight the opportunities in six popular trades. We encourage businesses and HBAs to share this information with educators, students and their parents.
If you are looking for ideas to highlight construction careers in your community, check out the Careers in Construction Month Toolkit. Some activities include:
- Open Up Your Site: Work with your local middle or high school to host a field trip for students to visit your construction site. Arrange for students to tour the site and gather first-hand information about what it takes to have a successful career in construction.
- Host a Job Shadow Day: Invite students to spend the entire day at your business to learn various aspects of the industry and the range of career opportunities. Learn how Toll Brothers hosted a national job shadow day.
- Honor a Local Educator: Select a day to recognize a local teacher for their contribution to developing the future construction workforce. Honor instructors in high schools, universities, job corps centers and apprenticeship training programs.
Throughout the month we’ll be sharing more information about trades and HBA success stories. If you have questions about Careers in Construction Month or new ideas to share, contact NAHB’s Greg Zick at 202-266-8493.
Learn more at nahb.org/trades.