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AL Academy Offers Free Building Training

Thursday, January 30, 2020

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A building academy in Huntsville, Alabama, is offering free training, according to reports.

Al.com reports that the new North Alabama Homebuilding Academy is offering qualified students eight weeks of free training in basic building skills.

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The new North Alabama Homebuilding Academy is offering qualified students eight weeks of free training in basic building skills.

Qualifications include either being 18 years old or 17 and about to graduate high school, being able to legally work in the United States, able to pass a drug test, and having the willingness to work.

The academy is funded by an increase in building permit fees by about $20.

Students are able to pick a path at the academy, whether it’s general job site labor or specialized trades such as plumbing, HVAC or framing.

Classes—which are held either during the evening for eight weeks or during the day for four weeks—cover general topics such as safety, blueprint reading, construction math, tools and power tools, as well as soft skills such as interviewing and resume building, and finally trade-specific training.

Organizers point to the skilled labor shortage as the push behind the initiative.

At the end of 2019, an Outlook survey issued by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate, three out of four construction firms plan to hire more workers this year in order to meet high demands for projects. The survey also reveals that the same contractors still worry about labor supply and quality of work as well.

   

Tagged categories: Education; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Worker training

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