New partnership aimed at addressing industry workforce struggles announced

Today, Housing First Minnesota announced a new strategic partnership with Building Talent Foundation to address the ongoing workforce issue.

One of the greatest concerns for the residential construction industry over the last few years has been a dwindling workforce.

Today, Housing First Minnesota announced a new strategic partnership with Building Talent Foundation to address this issue.

Building Talent Foundation is a national nonprofit organization founded by the Leading Builders of America, with a purpose of addressing the acute and persistent talent shortage across residential construction. Minnesota is the 20th market in which Building Talent Foundation has a presence.

“We talk a lot about building the Housing First Minnesota of tomorrow, and this partnership is an important part of bringing ever-increasing value to our members,” said James Vagle, CEO of Housing First Minnesota. “We’re grateful to the Lennar Foundation for their generous support of our workforce efforts.”

The partnership also was made possible in part through a grant from the Lennar Foundation.

“Our collaboration with Housing First Minnesota is an exciting step toward reshaping the construction workforce, said Branka Minic, CEO of Building Talent Foundation. “By addressing the critical talent shortage, we are not only supporting the industry but also constructing a pathway of opportunity for the next generation. Together, we are fostering an inclusive environment where individuals of all backgrounds can thrive and contribute to Minnesota’s vibrant residential construction sector.”

Building Talent Foundation’s mission is to advance the education, training, and career progression of young people and those from underrepresented groups, helping them develop into skilled technical workers and business owners in residential construction.

“The next generation of our workforce will be presented an incredible opportunity to build a future with the homebuilding industry,” added Vagle. “Cultivating a skilled workforce is the cornerstone of an effective construction industry, and through this collaboration we will deliver the education, training, and networking opportunities to build a stronger future for Minnesota’s residential construction landscape.”