Building Homes, Trade Partners In Alabama

Alabama home builders are helping high school students find careers in the trades in a program that’s paying great dividends – in both community recognition and finding the next generation of workers.

“With the housing market on the upswing and the construction workforce aging, there’s an ever-increasing need for qualified, skilled tradespeople entering the home building industry,” said Todd Slyman, past president of the Alabama Home Builders Foundation, which launched the program last year.


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Shelby County College and Career Center Offering Free Course

The Alabama Home Builders Foundation (AHBF) has partnered with the Shelby County College and Career Center to offer a basic residential carpentry course to adults in the area.
The class will teach the basics of residential carpentry such as safety, construction layout, reading blueprints, framing, window and door installation, siding and exterior trim.


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More Builders Report Labor/Subcontractor Shortages

A survey of single-family builders conducted by NAHB in June 2016 shows that shortages of labor and subcontractors have become more widespread than they were a year ago.

The survey consisted of special questions on labor and subcontractor availability that NAHB has periodically added to the instrument for the monthly NAHB/Well Fargo Housing Market Index. The questions have covered 9 key trades in a consistent way since 1996. Averaged across the 9 trades, the share of builders reporting either some or a serious shortage has skyrocketed from a low of 21 percent in 2012, to 46 percent in 2014, 52 percent in 2015, and now 56 percent in 2016.


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11 Steps to Creating a Simulated Workplace in the Classroom

Last year the Alabama State Department of Education launched its Alabama Simulated Workplace initiative to transform the culture of career and technical education (CTE) in the state with high-quality learning environments representing business and industry. Through the program, students engage in relevant curricula with opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials. The goal of the program is to have all graduates be college and career ready.


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Count of Unfilled Construction Jobs Jumps

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector increased significantly in December, even as hiring in the home building sector has grown. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) increased to 207,000 in December from 138,000 in November. The December estimate solidly beats the previous cycle high of 168,000 open positions set during March and represents the highest count of job openings since early 2007.   READ MORE...
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