Two construction companies promote construction trades education and careers

Branka Minic Photo courtesy Richard Danicic.

Building Talent Foundation (BTF) and Simpson Strong-Tie have created a strategic alliance to promote the growth of the residential construction industry workforce in the United States.

Simpson Strong-Tie joined BTF’s cross-sectoral coalition of employers and educators as an innovation partner. Simpson Strong-Tie is donating a total of $600,000 to the foundation as part of its commitment over the next three years. BTF collaborated with all members of the residential construction sector to meet measurable outcomes for the industry and for communities.

“Collaboration is the path to building a sustainable residential construction workforce for the future,” said Branka Minic, CEO of BTF. “We’re thrilled BTF Founding Partners KB Home and Ashton Woods connected us with Simpson Strong-Tie. Together, we can accelerate toward our objective of bringing 100,000 new skilled trades workers into construction by 2030.”

In October, BTF is coordinating a two-day event for career technical education (CTE) program students from the Dallas Independent School District. Students will connect with industry leaders during a visit to the Simpson Strong-Tie plant in McKinney, Texas.

“Supporting the next generation of skilled trades talent is an important part of our commitment to our customers and our industry. We’re excited to begin working with Building Talent Foundation to help people find education, training, and employment opportunities as they launch their careers in construction,” said Simpson Strong-Tie CEO Karen Colonias.

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