CHBA - Lethbridge Region
Canadian Home Builders Association Partners with School District 51 for hands on training
February 25, 2015 – Coaldale, AB
February 25, 2015 marked the official launch date of another unique partnership between the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) and local youth in support of trades training. The CHBA partnered with Lethbridge School District 51 to create a day long training session for students to get a real life look at every step that is taken when building a home. Students donned hard hats, safety boots (courtesy of LaFarge) and faced the chilly wind to learn firsthand; right from the development of a community to the finishing touches in house, exactly what it takes to create the homes we all live in.
Stranville Living, a member of the CHBA stepped up to make this experience possible for the students. Dell Mathews, General Manager of Stranville Living was on site, explaining each step of construction as well as all of the other aspects involved that many people may not think about. Dell was happy to report that, “Stranville Living is very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the Canadian Home Builders Association – Lethbridge Region and Lethbridge School District 51 and enjoyed hosting high school students on a tour of construction sites in our Westgate Landing development in Coaldale. Both the Career Practitioners and the students in attendance were engaged in the tour and had many questions about a potential career in the construction trades. From the surveying and development of land all the way through the interior design and marketing of new homes, the opportunities in our industry are endless and in high demand. We certainly want to encourage students at a young age to explore as many options for their future as possible and look forward to continuing our partnership with the CHBA – Lethbridge Region and the high schools in our region.”
Andrew Krul, the Off Campus Education Facilitator for Lethbridge School District 51 was among the school practitioners who joined in for the tour and commented, " Students have no idea how many trades are involved in building a home; the tour, which covered houses in various stages of completion, made them aware the complexity of building a home and the trades opportunities that are available."
Angela Zuba, Executive Officer of the CHBA commented on the partnership by saying, “It was notable that an equal mix of both male and female students was present and that shows the community that perception of the trades is changing in a positive way. A career in the trades can be very rewarding and quite lucrative as many journeymen trade people work their way into owning their own business and become quite successful. It all starts with the desire to create something meaningful, such as a home.
Zuba went on to mention, “The Association recognizes the importance of shedding positive light on how important trades are to the economic growth and viability of a community and that is why they are always contributing to education is various ways.”
The program was viewed as very successful by all parties and is predicted to run well into the future.