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Two initiatives address construction worker shortage in Northwest

The Spokane Journal reports that two area initiatives launched in 2022 to address the skilled labor shortage in the construction industry are experiencing steady growth.

Frame Your Future, launched by the Spokane Home Builders Association, now encompasses about 30 companies, after starting with 12 in 2022. In collaboration with area schools and industry leaders, Frame Your Future offers construction-based curriculum and hands-on training program for students and adults seeking employment in the trades. This includes a spring weekend Workforce Camp, in which students build garden sheds alongside Spokane Home Builder member volunteers, and a two-year program to teach students engineering and sustainable building practices.

Also in 2022, the Inland Northwest chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America launched Trade Up 2 Construction, a website that provides information on construction careers, training, and jobs throughout the Northwest region. The site includes an area job board and video testimonials from local construction workers.

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For more, see the Spokane Journal’s report.

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