NRCA continues to work with Congress to improve federal policy governing career and technical education (CTE) in an effort to address members' future workforce development challenges. In June, the House of Representatives approved the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), legislation that would reform and reauthorize CTE programs operated under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.
An ongoing concern
NRCA believes more effective CTE programs are vital to the long-term prosperity of the roofing industry. It is becoming increasingly difficult for contractors, manufacturers, distributors and other industry employers to find enough workers to fill job openings despite vigorous efforts to recruit new employees. NRCA expects this issue will become even more acute in the future given the current demographic trends of an aging workforce, greater numbers of students pursuing four-year college degrees and the physically demanding nature of roofing work.
NRCA is urging Congress to improve and expand CTE programs to help meet the growing need for skilled applicants for well-paying roofing jobs. NRCA member companies provide fulfilling career opportunities for those with the proper skills and work ethic. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the mean hourly wage for roofing workers was $22.14 in 2016, and there are many opportunities for advancement within roofing companies. Reformed and expanded CTE programs can help provide students with the skills needed to pursue rewarding lifelong careers in the roofing industry.