ERLANGER, Ky. – The Enzweiler Building Institute has won the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Association Excellence Award for Best Workforce Development Plan Implemented for their Northern Kentucky Regional Construction Partnership Plan; a grant recipient of the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative. The institute is the longest continually running trades training program under the auspices of NAHB and is run by the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky (BIA).
The “Northern Kentucky Regional Construction Partnership” is a career pathway that begins with an introduction to trades programming, Area Technology Centers, through evening post-secondary apprenticeship style trades training. The BIA’s Enzweiler Building Institute and Gateway Community and Technical College have created articulation agreements that would allow institute graduates to earn college credit due to the partnership. The partnership addresses seven trades and provides dual credit between Area Technology Centers and the BIA’s Enzweiler Building Institute, as well as between the Institute and Gateway.
“Workforce development is the number one issue for our industry across our Nation,” said Brian Miller, executive vice president of the BIA. “It is integral that we continue to lead the country in construction trades training. To say that we stand heads and shoulders above our peers is a severe understatement. We have won this award six of the last nine years. What people don’t know is that the criteria of the awards state you cannot win this without substantial changes to your program but once every three years. That is just one indication of how we have innovated workforce development training in our short time here. We are blessed with so many outstanding tradespeople to help train our incoming professionals, leaders that support our efforts, public education partners, community leaders and an energetic and tireless staff team that believe in our mission to provide the next generation of construction trade professionals, For that we are eternally grateful.”
$2.69 million in funding from the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative will go to expand and provide building alterations and updated technology to the Institute’s Boone County Campus located in the Circleport Office Park. A second campus will be updated at the former Alexandria Elementary school in Campbell County on Orchard Lane. The Campbell Campus will house introduction to trades courses and evening adult post-secondary Enzweiler Building Institute Courses. More resources and materials will be supplied through the grant to the Campbell County Area Technology Center for additional evening courses to round out the seven areas of construction offered in Campbell County in both locations.
The mission of the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky is to promote and enhance the integrity and visibility of the construction industry and the members of the organization through advocacy, communication, education and political action.