The National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), today welcomed a significant donation from plumbing fixture manufacturer LIXIL Americas for the Skilled Labor Fund, an industry-wide effort to provide scholarships and educational assistance designed to address the shortage of skilled labor entering the residential construction market.
“A continued contribution to the Skilled Labor Fund speaks to LIXIL America’s strong sense of corporate responsibility in the face of the workforce shortage,” said Ted Mahoney, a member of the Fund’s Operating Committee and Chairman-Elect of the Endowment.
Nearly 80 percent of builders report shortages of workers across the 15 occupations that make up the skilled trades according to NAHB’s most recent survey data. Plumbers are no exception.
“The pain is shared by consumers and builders alike in the form of less supply, higher prices and longer lead times to complete new homes and remodeling projects,” said Endowment President and CEO Mark Pursell.
“Plumbers perform vital, complex work to protect the health of the nation. Currently, millions of stable, highly-lucrative trade jobs remain unfilled, and the health of our communities is at risk,” said Steven Delarge, Chief Executive Officer, LIXIL Americas. “This gap will continue to grow, and therefore, we must build the ‘next generation’ of trained plumbers by fostering partnerships with vocational schools as well as collaboration and outreach to other critical influencers of the building and construction industry.”
The Skilled Labor Fund is a partnership of NAHB, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, the National Kitchen & Bath Association, SGC Horizon and Hydrogen, a full-service advertising agency. The Fund focuses solely on skilled labor for the residential market.
“We are finally seeing some recognition by schools and parents that a career as a skilled trades person offers a rewarding path for young people,” said Mahoney. “It is up to all of us in the residential supply chain to help provide training programs for our future workforce.”