"Addressing the shortage of labor in residential construction is the top priority of the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver. The HBA is partnering with Colorado Construction Institute (CCI), customizing a program that will meet the needs of our builders and our trade partners. With this program we are devoting energy and assets to the recruitment of those entering the workforce, encouraging them to find careers in residential construction. Through this training program, we are anticipating measurable results adding trained workers to our industry." - Jeff Whiton, CEO, HBA of Metro Denver
“We are thrilled to form a partnership with the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver at this critical moment for Colorado’s construction industry. This Apprentice program will create scores of new middle-skilled workers who can fill the gaps in the current labor shortage. I applaud HBA’s forward-thinking on this issue and look forward to a great partnership between our organizations.” - Michael Smith, Executive Director of CCI
The first phase of the program will begin this summer with a four week Boot Camp where participants will learn basic skills to prepare them to work on residential construction sites. Phase two will focus on a more defined, technical training that will begin in late 2015. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be partnered with an HBA builder or an associate member for employment.
To learn more about the HBA Construction Apprentice Program, including information about eligibilty and enrollment, please contact Colorado Construction Institute at 303-997-0453.
The Labor Task Force Council's mission is to facilitate short and Long term strategies and solutions regarding the Residential Construction skilled and non-skilled trade labor shortage via a partnership with public and private entities.
The Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA) and Colorado Construction Institute (CCI) recently formed a partnership to create an HBA Construction Apprentice Program to train the next generation of Colorado’s residential construction trades workers.
The HBA Construction Apprentice Program will focus on training unemployed and underemployed people from the Metro Denver area in certified residential carpentry techniques, and connect qualified Apprentices to job opportunities with over 500 HBA Members seeking middle-skilled workers. HBA has committed grant monies to CCI to develop the program, which will become a one-of-a-kind Residential Construction-specific Apprentice program in Colorado.
Although Colorado is in the midst of a construction boom, building projects across the state are being stalled due to a substantial labor shortage. Many of those interested in the construction field are untrained for the hundreds of open positions available today; this is traditionally referred to as the “middle-skills gap.”
The HBA Construction Apprentice Program will specifically target underemployed persons needing skills training, as well as out-of-work persons who face socio-economic barriers to employment. These individuals have the potential to be a major source of new labor for the residential construction industry.