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Youth construction program cultivates skills and opportunities for future builders

The Northern Regional Construction Association (NRCA) today is a ground-breaking youth construction program aimed at fostering talent and providing valuable hands-on experience in the construction industry.

The BUILT (Building Up Inclusive Leaders in Trades) Program, which will span two weeks, is designed to introduce young individuals to the multifaceted world of construction while emphasizing the diverse opportunities available within this dynamic field.

The youth construction program aims to bridge the gap between education and real-world experience by offering participants a unique opportunity to build a shed under the guidance of skilled professionals. By engaging in practical projects, the program will equip participants with foundational skills in construction, while fostering teamwork, problem-solving abilities, and a strong work ethic.

“We are thrilled to launch this youth construction program,” said Nicole Bryant, CEO of NRCA, “Construction is a vital industry that offers a wide range of fulfilling career options. By introducing young individuals to the various aspects of construction through hands-on experience, we aim to inspire and empower them to pursue careers in this field.”

The program will provide participants with an immersive learning experience, covering essential topics such as project planning, blueprint reading, foundation construction, framing techniques, roofing, and finishing work. Through a combination of theoretical instruction and practical application, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the construction process, from inception to completion.

To ensure a diverse and inclusive program, preference will be given to equity-seeking groups, including but not limited to individuals from underrepresented communities, marginalized backgrounds, and those facing socio-economic barriers. By prioritizing equity, the program aims to create a supportive and inclusive environment that reflects the richness of our community and fosters a sense of belonging for all participants.

The BUILT Program will not only impart valuable skills but also provide networking opportunities by connecting participants with industry professionals, potential mentors, and further education resources. By building these connections, participants will have access to a supportive network as they pursue their passion for construction.

“We would like to extend our gratitude to the generous sponsors and partners who have made this program possible,” said Bryant. “Their commitment to investing in the future of our youth demonstrates their dedication to empowering the next generation of construction professionals.

Applications for the youth construction program are now open and can be accessed via The program will run August 14-25.

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