BuildRight Conference: Scholarship for Workforce Trainees

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We invite pre-apprenticeship trainees & graduates to attend the BuildRight Conference on April 18 at no-cost to learn about high performance home construction, explore residential career pathways, and to network with employers and industry professionals!

Registrants will receive a scholarship ($485 value), and a financial stipend for attending ($120), career pathway support from Earth Advantage instructors, and a chance for job seekers to meet with employers during the trainee-employer networking event. 

Join for a full day of conference events that will include: 

  • An introduction to the conference from EA instructors
  • Nationally-renowned keynote speakers discussing building science and energy efficiency in homes
  • Mentoring sessions focusing on your career options in residential construction
  • 'Meet & Greet' session for job seeker trainees and employers to connect
  • Top-tier conference sessions from industry leaders on various building topics
  • Career Connect Table with information on training options and job openings.
  • Networking Opportunities during complimentary breakfast, lunch, and sponsor hall

Important Note: Registration is only available for past/current students from each of Earth Advantage's pre-apprenticeship training partners listed below (unless prior approval has been granted). 

Why Should I Attend?

Join us to explore a future career trajectory within the residential building industry!

Oregon needs a diverse and qualified workforce to meet the current and future construction demand, and this conference is an opportunity to learn about sustainable practices in residential construction. The topics covered in this conference will provide knowledge that will make new tradespeople (like you!) more attractive and valuable to future employers.

Earn a $120 stipend for attending the conference! To qualify for the stipend, pre-apprenticeship trainees must complete all of the following:
  • Arrive by 7:40am and and sign in
  • Fill out a W-9 form at arrival for we can issue a check (info needed: name, address, SSN, and signature)
  • Attend and sign in at TWO required sessions throughout the day (Introduction & Meet/Greet) 

Training Partners

When & Where
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Portland HBA BuildRight (In-Person)
April 18, 2024 

7:30 AM - 4:10 PM 
Includes morning coffee and pastries and complimentary lunch

The Factor Building
226 SE Madison St
Portland, OR 97214

CEs & Cost
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Continuing Education

Course Fee
No cost. 

Training made possible thanks in part to Energy Energy Trust of Oregon and Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund 

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James Metoyer
James Metoyer: Executive Director at EnerCity Collaborative
James guides ECC's to ensure the financial, environmental, and health benefits of a clean energy economy are fully realized in BIPOC, underserved, and frontline communities. He brings over 11 years of experience working in energy efficiency and has earned several industry-recognized credentials including BPI, PTCS, SHP, Home Energy Score, HERS Rater, and LEED Green Rater. Metoyer helped develop and deliver the Green Building Trainee Accreditation at Earth Advantage to youth training/pre-apprenticeship programs across Oregon, that serve historically underserved and under-represented populations in the construction industry. His passions are teaching students about energy efficiency, bridging the gap between the medical industry and the built environment to create healthy outcomes, and working to ensure that historically underserved populations have equitable access to healthy, safe, durable, sustainable and energy efficient housing. James is a son of the Cane River Creole community of Isle of Brevelle.