KBA partnership will introduce kids to construction trades

Trades in Motion program will give real life construcion experience to kids

The Kitsap Building Association is partnering with Disney and Associates, a general contractor in Kitsap County, to introduce a five-day program, Trades in Motion, which gives real-life construction experience to kids.

The event takes place July 22 to July 26 and is open to high school students. In the program, students will be divided into five groups and will rotate each each day into specific trades with an assigned mentor, who will provide each intern a chance to learn the trade through work experience and formal training.

KBA started a program called Construction in Motion about three years ago, which allowed kids of all ages to see the heavy equipment required to build a home. In 2018, the Builder Grant Program was created to provide paid internship opportunities for young adults, ages 18-24, in carpentry, electrical, plumbing and HVAC, as well as painting and coating trades.

“Creating the Trades in Motion Week seemed like a natural fit to provide high school students a week’s worth of hands on experience in each of the trades,” KBA Director of Marketing Andy Arrants said. “Bob Disney and I began talking about the Trades in Motion concept in January 2019. It has taken us this long to ensure we were fully prepared to pull it off this summer.”

“The benefits to high school students that chose to participate in this summer’s Trades in Motion Week are numerous,” Arrants said. “We definitely want to make this an annual summer event for high school students across Kitsap County.”

“It is our hope that by providing high school students a one-week, hands-on experience in the trades, will encourage them to look at the construction industry as a possible career path down the road.”

Arrants said to date, the program has 15 committed students that have signed up or are in the process of registering to participate. Five spots are available and KBA is looking to fill them as soon as possible, according to Arrants.

The event will end Friday, July 26 with an awards ceremony, where participants will receive a certificate of completion. Registration is limited. Visit kitsapbuilds.com/education/trades-in-motion/ for more information and to register.

—Tyler Shuey is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at tshuey@soundpublishing.com

More in News

Port of Bremerton plans to modernize Airport Diner

Owners Tom and Kathy Dacy have decided to discontinue their business after the remodel

Kingston fast ferry sailings canceled for the rest of Friday and all of Saturday

Backup vessel Melissa Ann has been taken out of service for emergency repairs

Kilmer’s Save Our Sound Act passes House committee

Bill would establish a Puget Sound recovery program office to coordinate restoration efforts

<em>‘Marine Supply’ is now prominently featured on the gable end of Longship Marine’s new building.		 </em>Nick Twietmeyer/Kitsap News Group
The tide rises again for Longship Marine

It’s fair winds and following seas once again for Poulsbo’s Longship Marine… Continue reading

Poulsbo brothers raise money for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital

There is a lot of news out there about kids and lemonade… Continue reading

Show your Wolves flag!

Flying the SK flag is becoming a community ‘thing’

Photo by Jana Mackin
                                Shawn Danubio, general manager of Whiskey Gulch, stands under a banner that calls social media attention to their movement to stop the city’s possible eminent domain action against the business.
                                Shawn Danubio, general manager of Whiskey Gulch, stands under a banner that calls social media attention to their movement to stop the city’s possible eminent domain action against the business. (Photo by Jana Mackin)
Pedestrian pathway project is hitting a bumpy stretch at Annapolis

Columnist Jana Mackin finds dissatisfaction with city’s process

Kitsap Rescue Mission overnight shelter to close Oct. 13

Shelter’s temporary permit set to expire amid fire safety concerns; staff seeking new location

CHI Franciscan breaks ground on new Bremerton clinic

26,000 square-foot facility will provide comprehensive primary, specialty, and urgent care services

Most Read