HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) announced today that a total of 822 students were awarded a certification from the PBA Endorsed Trade Program at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. PBA’s Endorsed Trade Program currently includes 121 technical programs from 30 different schools throughout the state and continues to grow every year.
Chris Warren, Chair of the PBA Workforce Training and Education Committee, is excited by the recent growth and development seen in the program. “Our decade-long development of the program has produced an outstanding outline of expectations, as well as setting a high standard of education for successful workforce-focused programs in our Pennsylvania Career Technology Schools.”
Endorsement of a trade program involves a thorough review and evaluation by people working in the construction industry using criteria established by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The program is also recognized by the Department of Education and endorsed by the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators. Endorsement ensures that trade programs meet high standards of performance and will properly prepare students for a career in the industry with foundational knowledge in the building trades.
“PBA is committed to a viable, high-quality construction industry and the workforce to support it. We make an annual list of students from these schools available exclusively to our members so they can make direct contact with certified graduates. I continue to encourage every PBA member to reach out to these students so they can begin building positive relationships within our association and our industry,” according to Jim Brown, 2016 PBA President. PBA members may view this list on the PBA website under www.pabuilders.org/members using their member login information.
PBA works with schools around the state to certify their various home building courses, demonstrating they meet NAHB educational guidelines. Students who complete PBA-certified programs can take tests that demonstrate their skills in their program’s core competencies. When these students receive certification, it provides reassurance to builders and potential employers that they are well-prepared for work with a residential construction company.
Further information about the program can be found at pbaendorsedtrade.org.
Chartered in 1952, the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) is a nonprofit professional trade organization representing nearly 5,000 member companies from across the Commonwealth. PBA members and their employees include builders, remodelers, material suppliers, subcontractors, consultants, lending institutions, utilities and others involved in the housing industry.
PBA serves its membership by providing proactive leadership on state regulatory and legislative issues and by offering products and services to its 36 local associations and chapters that enhance the effectiveness and professionalism of its members. PBA serves Pennsylvania communities and consumers through its steadfast efforts to protect homeownership rights and advocate for affordable housing options. PBA is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders. www.pabuilders.org
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Contact: Melanie Wise
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June 29, 2016
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