For several years, the Tennessee Housing Association has been conducting an application review process geared at selecting a single college-bound student to receive financial assistance via the Stan & Thelma Plumlee Scholarship.
Given the massive labor shortage in the trades and labor sectors, the manufactured housing industry will be directing those scholarship funds to individuals seeking to enroll in educational programs which will benefit our industry. We are in the process now of creating educational opportunities via the community college and trade-school networks. Stay tuned for a pilot program, coming very soon.
Selected individuals participating in this industry training will receive educational assistance. Eligibility requirements are under review.
High Schools ... please encourage your students which are not college-bound, to consider a career in trades and labor, via Tennessee's network of community and technical trade schools.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were about 300,000 vacancies in the construction industry as of June 2019. It's expected to need 747,000 more employees by 2026. ... Current vacancies, along with a forecasted need, is part of our current focus on training in the technical fields.
A construction worker shortage has contributed to challenges in the housing market.