To enact a long-term solution addressing members' workforce needs, NRCA continues to work with Congress to improve federal policy governing career and technical education (CTE) programs. NRCA is rallying support for 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.
NRCA believes more effective CTE programs are vital to the roofing industry's long-term prosperity. It is becoming increasingly difficult for contractors, manufacturers, distributors and other industry employers to find enough workers to fill job openings despite ongoing recruitment efforts. Enticing wages haven't drawn enough workers—the average hourly wage for roofing workers was $18.74 in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
NRCA expects the workforce shortage will become even more acute in the future given the current demographic trends of an aging workforce, the large number of students pursuing four-year college degrees and the physically demanding nature of roofing work.
Work in progress