With support from the Modular Building Institute, the main trade association representing the commercial modular building industry, a $10 million federal grant will be shared by five colleges in Florida to provide training and education for the commercial modular construction industry. The grant is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The curriculum will provide skills, training, and education for the manufactured construction industry through a program called TRAMCON, short for Florida Training for Manufactured Construction. The forecasted growth and adoption of permanent modular construction across many markets coincides with a projected shortage of over two million skilled workers by 2017 for site built construction.
This shift toward offsite manufacturing and prefabricated construction will require increased training through a nationally recognized certification program that will be part of both two and four year degree programs offered by Florida’s state colleges and universities. More information about the program and the recent award of $1.47 million to the construction program at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida can be found here.