There is a growing need for a skilled workforce in the residential construction industry as it has become an essential tool for the future of South Carolina’s economy.

The Home Builders Association of South Carolina (HBASC) and other trade associations have formed an initiative to promote skilled trades throughout the state.

‘Be Pro Be Proud SC’ aims to transform the future workforce throughout the state by increasing the pool of qualified workers and “re-instilling pride in the skilled trades.”

The career-awareness campaign has been successful in Arkansas since 2016, and the South Carolina chapter is working with the original team to become the second state in the country to launch a mobile workshop for the initiative.

Once the mobile workshop site is complete, those interested can visit beprobeproudsc.org. Until then, beprobeproud.org is available for those who would like to learn more about the program's mission.

Be Pro Be Proud’s goal is to generate excitement and awareness for skilled traders by providing simulators through mobile technology to give students of the program a unique virtual experience. The program also aims to deliver students a road map that demonstrates the value of skilled trade professionals along with local schools, training facilities and available career opportunities on the Be Pro Be Proud website.

In the next five years, Be Pro Be Proud will tour schools, career fairs, trade shows and various public and private events throughout the state.

Associated Industries of South Carolina received $650,000 in operational start-up funding from the state. Southeastern Freight Lines, Mungo Homes and Great Southern Homes helped the program by matching the state’s fund through corporate donations. This funding will support new construction-oriented virtual reality simulators.

Those interested in donating to Be Pro Be Proud SC can do so through the program’s donation page online.

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