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Taking Root Ministries (TRM) is proud to be a LHBA member. Taking Root is a small non-profit which specializes in rehabilitating older and historical homes in the city of Holland, while training individuals in the building trades who have struggled in life and in employment. Their tag line is “Restoring lives…Restoring homes.” Graduates of the six month training and work program have developed basic construction skills as well as the character traits needed to be a good employee.

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HBA Stepping Up the Fight for Skilled Trade

Recently, Governor Snyder partnered with Mike Rowe (of Dirty Jobs) to build an awareness campaign inspiring K-12 students in Michigan as they begin to think about careers. In partnership with Mike Rowe, six videos will be produced to engage middle and high school students showing them opportunities. One of those videos will highlight the construction industry.

The State of Michigan projects there will be 6,700 skilled trade job openings each year through 2022. “Industries and employers that rely on skilled trade talent are facing a talent gap,” Snyder said. “This campaign strengthens our efforts to make Michigan the national leader in developing the talent employers are looking for, while providing our students with secure careers in high-paying jobs in growing industries in Michigan.”

At the HBA of Michigan, skilled trade has been moved to a level of high importance. The Skilled to Build Foundation produced a guide book aimed at students in the K-12 system. This guidebook highlights 17 career opportunities in the residential construction industry. It breaks down hourly wage, education requirements, on the job training and the projected demand through 2020. In conjunction with the guidebook, HBAM is working on a website that will be filled with useful information for students looking to enter the residential building industry.

Locally, the Lakeshore Home Builders Association is working to raise awareness of the skilled trades as well. Join our Workforce Development Task Force to help plan strategy, or sign up to speak at Job Fairs or Career Days as opportunities become available. For more information, contact Sue Schurman, Executive Officer at gro.s1500842388redli1500842388ubemo1500842388heroh1500842388sekal1500842388@namr1500842388uhcss1500842388 or (616)392-6233

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