Training the Trades

Building a skilled workforce remains one of the biggest challenges to growth in the residential construction industry. One thing sorely lacking is broad awareness of, and communication between, the many effective educational programs worldwide.Progress towards a skilled workforce would accelerate if we were all rowing in the same direction.


On the pages linked here, JLC is pleased to promote the many professional training and career development opportunities available for the construction trades. We also point to positive examples of leadership and innovation, particularly among the next generation of business leaders in our industry. We hope to provide the beginnings of a more dynamic dialogue, building towards a more productive and lucrative building industry for all. If you have a program listing or insights to share, please email us at [email protected].

Tools for Training

Framing Workbook

Framing Workbook

How well do you know house framing? read more

Door and Window Skills Workbook

Door and Window Skills Workbook

How well do you know door and window installation? read more

Exterior Trim Design and Installation Workbook

Exterior Trim Design and Installation Workbook

Trim on the exterior is not all just for show. It does its part in... read more

Deck and Railing Skills Workbook

Deck and Railing Skills Workbook

How well do you know decks and railings? read more

Radiant Hydronic Heating Workbook

Radiant Hydronic Heating Workbook

How well do you know radiant hydronic heating and cooling? read more

Understanding Wood

Understanding Wood

From forest to finished house, how wood works. read more

Instruction

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A Tidal Wave of Trade Education Resources

Nicole Tysvaer tackles the skilled labor crisis with a look at what's on the... More

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Working Smarter, Not Harder

Veteran carpenter John Spier's top 8 work habits and principles shared by... More

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A Trade School Triumphs Over Colleges

How a construction program for at-risk youth in Salinas, Calif. beat out top... More

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12 Rules for Better Framing

Meet Ben Morton, who got his start working as a laborer for JLC contributor John... More

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A Crew's Best Ally

Videos that may inspire your team to do what they don't always want to. More

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JLC Report: State of the Housing Workforce

Please take this JLC survey to give us your views on the future of the... More

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Training Videos

Video Series - Best Practice Drywall

In this seven-part video series, JLC contributor and JLC Live presenter, Myron...

Basic Wall Layout

Veteran contractor and JLC LIVE presenter, Mike Sloggatt demonstrates effective...

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