HomeAid Houston, a 501 (c) (3) charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association is working to help change the growing lack of skilled labor within the homebuilding construction industry. HomeAid has launched their HomeAid WORKS program, a comprehensive workforce development program that is designed to help provide job opportunities within the construction industry for at risk community members.
Through HomeAid WORKS, qualified students are able to enroll in industry specific classes that will provide the necessary training and certifications they will need to join a productive workforce. HomeAid works directly with certified training program applicants as well as many of their agency partners, to offer the opportunity to those who have met the qualifications enter a mentorship with a builder or trade partner in their field of study. This mentorship includes assisting with field trips, as well as training and some financial assistance. The students receive scholarships to take classes through WorkTexas, the Home Building Institute (HBI), and Houston Community College (HCC). Once they have completed their certification, all participants will be able to introduce their resume to GHBA partners through the HomeAid website.
The classes conform to nationally recognized industry standards. They include: carpentry, electrical, Building Construction Technology, HVAC, general construction, plumbing apprentice, drywall, foundation and trim work.
“The lack of skilled labor is impacting the expansion of home construction, housing inventory and affordability,” said Nicole Jacob, president of HomeAid Houston. “Skilled labor represents approximately 30 to 40 percent of the cost of a typical new home. It becomes obvious something needs to be done to address this problem. Through the HomeAid WORKS program and other programs being offered, there is potential for new growth within the skilled labor arena.”
HomeAid WORKS and other programs ultimately help students build character and self-esteem while empowering them to develop what they need to succeed on the job and in life. And the benefits to the construction industry means recruiting more women and training and placing minority, lower income, and at-risk youth into job opportunities to fight against social inequity. The programs also provide trade skills and education for veterans and transitioning military.
For more information on HomeAid and HomeAid WORKS visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call HomeAid at the Greater Houston Builders Association at 281-970-8970.