PBA announced today that 772 students were awarded a certification from the PBA Endorsed Trade Program at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The program currently includes 111 technical programs from 28 different trade schools throughout the Commonwealth.
“PBA is committed to an endorsed trade education program that meets and exceeds industry standards in curriculum, mission and educational goals,” said Daniel Durden, PA Builders Association CEO. “We recognize the urgent need for skilled trade’s workers in PA. Workforce development is a critical function of PBA’s mission to our residential builder and remodeler members.”
Trade program endorsements involve a thorough review and evaluation by construction industry professionals using criteria established by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB.) PBA’s Endorsed Trade Program is recognized by the PA Department of Education and endorsed by the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators. Endorsement ensures that trade programs like PBA’s meet high standards of performance and will properly prepare students for a career in the industry with foundational knowledge in the building trades.
Chris Warren, Chair of the PBA Workforce Training and Education Committee oversees the management and growth of the program. “Our endorsed school graduates are available exclusively to PBA members so they can recruit the most desirable candidates. This partnership is a win-win for both our home builder members and the trade schools that train them.”
PBA collaborates with schools around the state to certify home building trade programs in fields such as building construction, cabinetry, HVAC, masonry, and plumbing trades demonstrate they meet NAHB educational guidelines. Students who complete PBA-certified programs are then tested and receive their accreditation - providing reassurance to builders and potential employers they are well-prepared for work with a residential construction company. PBA members may review the list of potential employees at www.pabuilders.org/members using their member login information. Further information about the program can be found at pbaendorsedtrade.org.