Nearly 82 percent of construction businesses struggle to find qualified skilled labor, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS) and Redfin. This labor shortage, area companies say, is a factor in too few homes being constructed and contributes to higher home prices.
In the effort to develop skilled labor for the industry, bring more homes to market, and help ease the costs of housing, MBAKS is working to attract more high school and college-level students to exciting careers in the construction and trades industries through education programs and scholarships.
Each year, MBAKS offers $30,000 in scholarships to students seeking education related to the homebuilding industry and who are enrolled at qualifying technical, community college, and university-level programs within Washington state. Students can apply at mbaks.com/scholarships.
About the Master Builders Association
Founded in 1909, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties has grown to become the largest residential home builders association in the United States. With nearly 3,000 member companies, the association is dedicated to membership value, housing advocacy, community service, and financial stewardship throughout the Puget Sound region.