Companies Support SkillsUSA Training Efforts
Bosch Power Tools and Accessories and U.S. Gypsum Corporation are two of the 1,000 national corporations, trade associations, and business and labor unions providing support for SkillsUSA, an organization serving 280,000 high school and college students and instructors in training programs.
Both companies are members of the National Council of the Housing Industry — the Supplier 100 of NAHB.
At the SkillsUSA National Championship in Kansas City, Mo. in June, Bosch served as the main sponsor for the building–oriented Team Works competition, donating more than $100,000 to this year’s event.
Participating in the competition were more than 30 student teams of four from across the country at both the high school and college level. Working on building a portion of a house, students collaborated to demonstrate their skills in residential carpentry, plumbing, electricity and masonry.
In addition to being judged on the construction results, the teams received points for safety practices and procedures, a written and oral presentation, timeliness of work and how they managed the ordering and inventory of tools and materials.
USG Corporation has been partnering with SkillsUSA for a fifth year with a three-day “Construction Solutions: Building America’s Construction Workforce” training program for building trades instructors.
In two sessions last month, 40 instructors affiliated with SkillsUSA through vocational schools and community colleges participated in a comprehensive product-training course focused on advanced drywall installation and finishing.
More than 160 educators have completed the course since 2001, and they have shared their skills with more than 6,000 future contractors. The teachers receive a variety of resources and information to teach proper drywall techniques, including “The Gypsum Construction Handbook.”
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