Helping Young Americans take a hammer to their careers

In 2017, we introduced #THANKAFRAMER to salute framing carpenters and draw attention to a national shortage of these vital workers. In the recent years since, we've launched recruitment efforts and invested $1.3m with the Home Builders Institute towards new training initiatives.

For 2020 and beyond, we'll continue encouraging entrepreneurial and underserved young people to pick up hammers and start framing great careers.

 

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Your path towards a fulfilling career in carpentry framing starts here.

It’s a nationwide effort to get more framers onto jobsites. It’s outreach into schools. It’s sponsorship of Home Builders Institute framer training programs. It’s educating young Americans on great opportunities and life-long careers in homebuilding. It’s pride, craftsmanship, no college debt and new ways for ambitious young Americans to pursue entrepreneurial dreams.

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Right now, there are tens of thousands of job vacancies in the profession known as framing carpentry. These are the tradespeople who build America’s houses. The framer shortage has many causes, but one solution: Showing young able-bodied American men and women that framing is a good-paying career that’s easy to get into.

200,000 jobs are waiting
200,000 jobs are waiting

It’s simple: America has around 200,000 vacancies in the profession known as framing carpentry. These are the tradespeople who build America’s houses. The framer shortage has many causes, but one solution: Showing young able-bodied American men and women that framing is a good-paying career that’s easy to get into.

Low barrier of entry
Low barrier of entry

Framing is the smart career option for high school grads keen on making money, and not keen on putting in several years of college and accumulating student debt, with no guarantee of work after graduating. Many jump in straight out of high school, work several years, and save enough to pay for college. Others enter framing from minimum wage service sector jobs with low career prospects. The barriers of entry into framing are low.

Earn while you learn
Earn $40,000+

You can sign up for a free pre-apprenticeship framer training course today and, after around 12 weeks, earn while you learn as an apprentice framer. Base pay is $40k-$55k a year – but framers can make double or triple that through overtime. Highly skilled framers can make $90,000 or much more, depending on hours worked. Many become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses, which can be very rewarding.

creative, satisfying and noble work
Skip the desk job

Framing carpenters assemble all the wooden structural parts of houses and low-rise residential buildings that begin above the concrete foundation. It’s creative, satisfying and noble work requiring a blend of problem-solving skills, strength, experience and teamwork. If you’re able-bodied, like the outdoors and enjoy constant learning, framing’s worth a serious look.

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