From thanking framers to making framers
West Fraser is nothing without framers. They install everything we make. And right now, there aren’t nearly enough of them.
West Fraser is nothing without framers and, right now, there aren’t nearly enough of them. The construction industry has been hampered by a crippling labor shortage and we are working to solve this issue.
In 2017, we donated $1.1 million to the Home Builders Institute (HBI). The HBI utilized the funding to establish pre-apprenticeship programs to train future framers in Houston, Texas and Tampa, Florida, in aid of post-hurricane rebuilding efforts.
We have used social media campaigns and influencers to reach young people and educate them on the benefits and opportunities a career in framing offers.
Our collaboration with HBI has seen hundreds of newly trained framers enter the job market. In 2020 we are redoubling our efforts with $200k in new investments that will continue the HBI programs and help access additional funding from Federal Government programs.
We are appealing to others in the industry to help bolster our economic recovery by building America. The easiest way to contribute is through a donation to HBI.
In 2020, we’re reinforcing our commitment to reduce the construction labor shortage by investing an additional $200k in our HBI training programs. We are appealing to the community to join us in educating young Americans on the benefits of a career in construction and asking them to help fund and develop framer training programs through the HBI.
A national leader in career training for the construction industry, the HBI offers programs for under- served youth. They train 8-10 thousand students every year and boast an 85% placement rate. Students can be trained and ready fort he jobsite in a couple of months and without crippling student loan debt.