Building a Promising Future
Nearly 150 students attend Trades at the Parade at Evans Farm
“It is a great day to be in the residential construction industry,” said John Melchi, the BIA’s executive director, to the nearly 150 students that showed up to Trades at the Parade. Trades at the Parade is an opportunity for trade students to get a up close and personal look at the home building process. It was a cold March morning at the 2019 BIA Parade of Homes presented by Chase site at Evans Farm, but that didn’t stop the students’ excitement as they toured the 12 of the 14 houses being built. The 12 Builders that were represented were: 3 Pillar Homes, ALTA Design Build, Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Bob Webb Homes, Coppertree Homes, Guzzo & Garner Custom Builders, Kenric Fine Homes, Maronda Homes, Sierra Custom Homes and Stonecliff Homes.
There were plumber, electrician, and HVAC students among others present. “The home building industry runs the world,” said Ken Brengartner, president of Kenric Fine Homes, to students as they stood in the unfinished great room of his nearly million-dollar Parade home. “I never thought that I could buy a million-dollar house, but now I can and so can you, and you can do it through a trade.”
The trades are in dire need for workers and it is a career that could pay off. The average starting wage in residential construction trades is $30 many offer health insurance, paid time off and 401K profit sharing benefits.The BIA as well as the BIA Foundation is well aware of the need for skilled and unskilled workers and the need to promote the industry. The BIA Foundation awards scholarship money to students or other motivated individuals who want to work in the trades. The 2019 application deadline is April 19. If you or someone you know is interested in going into a trade, this is a great opportunity to have a fulfilling career in the trades.