At our annual Midyear Meetings held July 12-16 in Chicago, NRCA leaders expressed their frustration with being able to find and keep qualified workers. This isn't a new development, of course, but as the economy continues to improve, the problem only gets worse. And the issue doesn't appear to be limited by geography; it's everywhere.
Here are a few things we know:
Now, there are lots of conclusions that can be drawn from this, but it seems to me one is indisputable: We need to have a comprehensive, nationally recognized training program for roofing workers.
We are competing for labor, of course, with other building trades. And many of those other trades have well-established training programs (think electricians, plumbers and sheet metal workers). We'll never be able to compete effectively if we can't at least match the competition.