NAAEI Supports White House Initiative Partnering Colleges, Industry Associations

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ARLINGTON, Va. / April 16, 2014 – Despite 49 months of private sector job growth, the “market for skills” is still not working as well as it should for American workers, job-seekers or industry. Many employers report an inability to find skilled workers for jobs they want to fill, while job seekers have little clarity on their choices before investing time and money in training programs. The Administration is using the final round of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program to better meet these needs.

The competition announced today will offer incentives for community colleges to partner with not only regional employers but also national industry associations and national employers that have the capacity to replicate the curriculum and training programs developed by winning partnerships and to communities across the country where businesses have the same skills needs for jobs they are trying to fill.

“As an industry that is home to nearly 35 million Americans, and with as many as seven million new renter households expected to be added this decade, members of the National Apartment Association already find it difficult to hire skilled workers,” said Maureen Lambe, CAE, Executive Vice President of the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI). “As the industry grows, this challenge will become more daunting. 

“NAAEI welcomes the Administration’s announcement and looks forward to growing its partnerships with community and technical colleges to provide apartment maintenance skills training. By participating in hands-on training that leads to the ANSI-accredited Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians (CAMT), job seekers develop the necessary skills for a full-time, portable career with good pay, great benefits and many opportunities for career advancement.”

 

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The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) is the education and research arm of the National Apartment Association. The mission of the NAAEI is to provide broad-based education, training and recruitment programs that attract, nurture and retain high-quality professionals and develop tomorrow’s apartment industry leaders.