PBA announced that a record 789 students were awarded a certification from its Endorsed Trade Program (ETP) at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. The program currently includes 114 technical programs from 29 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, PBA’s CEO. “We recognize the urgent need for skilled trade workers in Pennsylvania. 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. Those endorsements ensure trade programs like the ETP 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 highly desirable in the residential building industry. PBA members and non-members alike have access to this exceptional group of graduates. Thus, this partnership is a win-win for both home builders 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. Those programs must 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. Further information about the program can be found at www.pbaendorsedtrade.org.