I believe the roofing industry should be and can be and will be a robust and proud industry. One that people will join to have a long and enjoyable career doing something that matters to everyone. I don't just believe that I step out and do something about it.
As I write this, I realize I am saying I a lot, which is a taboo when writing a marketing message. But in this case, I think it fits, since I am talking about me and something I am very passionate about. Just don't take the number I's as arrogance, I also know that I am far from the right person to make any real change. All I can do is what I can do, and that is what I will do. (say that three times)
Part of the work I do here in my locality has to do with designing, testing, and encouraging training. Training for people who are coming out of school and considering a roofing career. Or people re-entering the workforce and looking for something meaningful, and perhaps even most importantly, training for people in the industry so they can grow and advance in their career. Some other professionals and I have have had the opportunity to meet with students at EVIT and demonstrate roof system installation and answer questions about roofing and the roofing industry.
I worked with the Arizona Apprenticeship Office and helped to put the fire back into a roofing apprentice program, and wrote a pre-apprentice readiness program that is on hold for the time being. For a good reason too, as it turns out, the NRCA (National Roofing Contractor's Association) and the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) have teamed up and are working on a roofing specific program that will be introduced into trade schools across the nation. I had the opportunity to speak with the CEO of the NRCA and the project manager with NCCER, who is working on this, and I am very humbled and honored to announce that I was invited to be on the community to help develop the curriculum. What is cool about this is that the program I wrote fills in the gap in what they are doing. That is why it's on hold for now.
A few months back, I was interviewed for Specified: Building Materials & Coatings Growth; it was fun. We talked a lot about training and the need for better and more training. If you have a few minutes, you might like it. And if you have any ideas that might help the roofing industry be more vigorous, even if you just want to share your horror stories, it all helps.
As always if you need any help or have questions, just call me (480) 265-1613