In July, Congress approved the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), legislation NRCA has long supported to help address current and future roofing industry workforce needs. President Trump signed the bill into law July 31.
Addressing the issue
Given that workforce development is one of the most difficult challenges facing the roofing industry, NRCA prioritized the need for legislation designed to improve career and technical education (CTE). When Congress began developing legislation to reauthorize CTE programs operated under the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins Act), NRCA was well-positioned to work with lawmakers to ensure the legislation addressed roofing industry concerns.
The Perkins Act provides more than $1 billion annually for federally funded CTE programs operated at the state and local levels. In 2015, NRCA helped organize a coalition of business trade groups to develop recommendations designed to improve CTE programs with the goal of more effectively meeting employers' workforce needs. Expanded and improved CTE programs can help provide students with the skills needed to pursue rewarding careers in roofing and other industries that provide family-sustaining jobs.