Building industry leaders in Washington State are launching new programs and partnerships to connect students with opportunities in the skilled trades in order to resolve a widening labor shortage. The Kitsap Building Association's (KBA's) Builder Grant Program connects workers ages 18 to 24 with local builders, remodelers, and subcontractors for a six-week residential construction internship including a $250 stipend for necessary tools and equipment.
Similarly, the Spokane Home Builders Association's (SHBA's) Frame Your Future two-year program offers hands-on building experience to students at Innovation High School in Spokane, NAHB reports.
In May 2022, SHBA and FYF partnered with local schools to host a Construction Camp for more than 20 students. With the help of 15 SHBA member volunteers, they built two sheds in two days. FYF allows students to meet and work alongside some of Spokane's leading construction professionals. These professionals can then provide career coaching and even hire students who are interested in the trades.