Program focuses on construction trades

To address the demand of a growing industry for a talented and skilled workforce, the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College are partnering to offer a training program, Construction Essentials.

“We’re excited to partner with WITC to bring this much needed training to our region,” said Mari Kay-Nabozny, CEO of NWWIB. “The training has had a lot of interest from individuals in the community and from employers who are in desperate need of skilled workers.”

According to a recent CNN article, builders throughout the country are struggling to find workers, and it’s causing major problems: Labor costs are rising, homes are taking longer to complete and buyers are facing higher prices.

“We are now at the point that there is a serious shortage of workers,” said Jerry Howard, CEO of the National Association of Home Builders told CNN. “It’s a real problem that ripples throughout the home-building process that ultimately costs the consumer.”

Construction Essentials seeks to address the shortage locally. The training takes place over a 10-week period and provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary for job success in the construction industry. Participants who complete the training will earn a short-term technical diploma. The training focuses on the fundamentals of building design, energy efficiency concepts, construction basics, layout operation, print reading, and estimating and materials of industry.

Eight participants are enrolled in the course that concludes June 23.

Funding was made possible through the combination of several different organizations and programs. Some of the funding sources include the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and state of Wisconsin. These funding sources allowed eligible participants to attend the training at no cost to them. The individuals in this course were initially drawn to it for a number of reasons.

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