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Homebuilder targets teens for future jobs

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Homebuilders across the country are having such a hard time hiring enough skilled construction workers and professional staff that many are forced to turn down jobs or delay projects.

That’s why William Lyon Homes in Newport Beach, Calif., is recruiting its future workforce now. The builder invited 60 juniors and seniors from two local high schools to a Job Shadow Day to learn about construction careers and meet the architects, mechanical engineers, landscapers and sales reps involved in the home building process. The students also toured job sites during the day-long event.

The company says the event is designed to “inspir[e] a new generation to become leaders within the building industry” and showcase homebuilding in a positive light.

Job Shadow Day is part of an industrywide effort to focus on education in order to attract more young people to construction jobs. Recent surveys have shown that more than 80% of construction firms across the country are struggling to hire enough carpenters, equipment operators and laborers to work on their job sites and to fill vacancies for professionals such as project supervisors, estimators and engineers.

Contact: Larry Clark for William Lyon Homes, (310) 622-8223.

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