HBI and Junior Achievement Promote Careers in Housing
Home Builders Institute (HBI) and Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide™ have formed a unique partnership to inform high school students about the many career paths available to them in residential construction.
While HBI hosts several programs to promote home building as a career, there is a vast need for more information to reach high school students and those influencing their career decisions. Currently, through its volunteer network, JA has access to more than 7 million K-12 students across the country. The new program combines HBI’s Business Ventures in the Residential Construction Industry and JA’s work-readiness Success Skills™ curriculum.
For this initiative, HBI is relying upon local home builders associations to provide students with an insider’s view of opportunities in the home building industry. HBI is providing $1,000 in seed funding to each of the 14 JA sites where the program is being introduced, and there is already a waiting list of additional sites.
The new HBI initiative originated in Kentucky and is based on a program of the HBA of Kentucky and JA of the Bluegrass. Bob Weiss, an HBI trustee and the association’s executive officer, helped get that program off the ground.
“I have been working in this industry for more than 30 years,” said Weiss, “and I know the possibilities it offers young people for a successful future. JA is an ideal partner to reach the next generation of workers while they are still in the classroom.”
“JA Worldwide is pleased to join with Home Builders Institute to help deliver JA Success Skills to high school students,” said Thomas Dewar, senior vice president of development for JA Worldwide. “The program prepares students to enter the workforce by providing them with valuable team building, communication and work readiness skills. We’re grateful for HBI’s support, which will help us reach more students with this important program.”
For more information on the partnership, e-mail Deanna Lewis at HBI, or call her at 800-795-7955 x8927.