Workforce Development

Workforce Development Task Force

BIAW and Habitat for Humanity Partnership

The Workforce Development Task Force is comprised of BIAW members, staff, interested parties, and educators from around the state.

The task force focuses on filling the labor shortage gap the lack of general education and vocational training in the education sector. The task force holds monthly conference calls to continue discussing how to battle the skilled trades labor shortage in residential construction.

The 2020 Workforce Development Task Force Chair is BIAW Past President and Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties member Darylene Dennon.

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Home Builders Institute (HBI)

Home Builders Institute (HBI)

NAHB’s nonprofit partner, HBI, is a national leader for career training in the building industry. It provides students the skills and experience they need for successful careers through pre-apprenticeship training, job placement services, mentoring, certification programs, textbooks, and curricula.

With an 80% job placement rate for graduates, HBI training programs are taught in local communities across the country to youth, veterans, displaced workers, and other underserved populations.

HBI training programs do more than provide job skills; they also build character and self-esteem, providing students with the skills they need to succeed on the job and in life.

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BIAW Workforce Partners

BIAW is proud to partner and provides support with the following organizations:

If you would like to learn more about partnering with BIAW, please contact BIAW Workforce Development Manager Al Audette below.

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Workforce Development Resources

Workforce Development Resources

Workforce Development coordinates and supports member and local association efforts to recruit more people into residential construction trades.

The residential construction industry has not fully recovered from labor shortages since the 2007 recession. Labor and subcontractor shortages remained widespread and are continuing to impact the industry in several ways. Simultaneously, the student debt load from a traditional four-year path, pushed by educators, parents, and society, has risen sharply. With vocational training removed from classrooms and a lack of trade education, it is time to present construction jobs as viable alternatives.

BIAW provides resources for apprenticeships, job placements, job postings, and hiring veterans. For more information on resources, click the button below.

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Scholarship & Funding Grants

Since its inception, BIAW has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships and grants to students who have demonstrated a passion and commitment to developing a career in the home building industry.

BIAW also offers funding grants to organizations offering programs in construction-related fields of study, residential construction career training, continuing education, apprenticeship, and skills assessment services, and technical training programs educating tomorrow’s home builders.

The deadline to submit a scholarship or grant application is Friday, May 14, 2021.

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