Home builders

NC Department of Labor, NC Home Builders Educational and Charitable Foundation sign Be Pro Be Proud contract

On Tuesday, February 22, officials from the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) and the NC Home Builders Educational and Charitable Foundation (Foundation) gathered for a contract signing event to officially mark the program’s inception. Be Pro Be Proud driver. The program will be administered by the Foundation under the supervision of NCDOL.

The goal of the Be Pro Be Proud program is to stimulate interest among students, parents, and educators in technical occupations in the construction, manufacturing, transportation, and utility industries. The program utilizes a custom-built, mobile shop trailer providing hands-on experience with trained professionals to middle and high school students across the state.

“When I was asked if Be Pro Be Proud could be hosted by the North Carolina Department of Labor and saw what a program like this could do for the workforce of our state, I said yes,” Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson said. “As Commissioner of Labour, I want to help in any way I can. This project will help create opportunities for the future of North Carolina’s workforce and I believe the future is bright. »

Interested students will be offered opportunities to pursue specific interests through hands-on learning, volunteering, and attending networking events with potential job and post-secondary school recruiters. Be Pro Be Proud will also work with the NC Trucking Association to support a workforce development program aimed at increasing the number of operators and closing a critical skills gap across the state.

“Work is the number one issue for our industry right now, and Be Pro Be Proud is a meaningful way for us to move the needle in the right direction,” said NC Executive Vice President Tim Minton. Home Builders Association. “We are excited to take an active role in this partnership because we know this program will put North Carolina ahead of the curve in terms of meeting workforce needs.”

Funds for the North Carolina program were included in the Appropriation Act of 2021 (Session Act 2021-180). Governor Cooper signed the bill into law in November 2021. Other program partners may include the Office of the North Carolina Community College System, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the Department of North Carolina Commerce, the myFutureNC commission, and other industry associations and job recruiters.

“It was a great opportunity to work with the North Carolina Department of Labor and Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson on this project,” Rep. Jason Saine said. “Labour Commissioner Josh Dobson is an innovator, and I knew this project had to go to the Department of Labor. Be Pro Be Proud will prepare our state’s workforce for the future.

Be Pro Be Proud is a workforce development initiative that changes perceptions of technical careers through a mobile workshop tour that features virtual reality simulations that allow students to step into the life of a a technical professional. Be Pro Be Proud began in 2016 as an Arkansas State Chamber/Associated Industries of Arkansas initiative and has since completed 994 tour stops in 561 cities in Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina. The effort to bring Be Bro Be Proud to North Carolina will increase the visibility of tech careers and training in the state.

“I appreciate the opportunity to be here representing Be Pro Be Proud in my home country,” said Hunter Blohm, Deputy General Counsel and Director of Federal Programs, Be Pro Be Proud. “I’m excited about the impact Be Pro Be Proud will have on changing perceptions of skilled occupations in North Carolina.”