I am a Oregon High School Construction teacher. As I keep telling anyone who will listen, this is an easily rectifiable issue. All it takes is for someone to give a time investment. Send a builder out to our school for a minimum of two days (45min each day) to work with the students. After that time the student will know the builder, and the builder will know the students.
Now when the student is ready for his first job he knows someone he can call. I can attest that it works the same way with apprenticeships. The builder gets to take his pick, and the student has motivation to keep up his grades and their is a relationship before ever entering the jobsite.
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