Posted by: Co-written by Liz Pinto, Red House Custom Building and EM NARI staff Leyah Valgardson of Leader’s Voice was…
Many of our members have asked, “Where do we find the next generation of skilled laborers, tradespeople and craftsmen and women?”
A recent industry statistic says that for every 5 workers retiring or leaving the home remodeling and building trades, only one is replacing them. We already know the impact this is having on businesses locally – finding skilled workers can be a challenge. The labor shortage results in a backlog of work and frustration on the part of homeowners and remodelers.
The EM NARI Chapter is committed to connecting job seekers with good paying jobs in our industry. We have undertaken the following initiatives to spearhead action on workforce development:
Workforce Development Committee
The Workforce Development Committee is tasked with devising ways we can create opportunities and forge partnerships with technical programs and schools. We evaluate existing channels and discuss ways we can take leadership for workforce development in our region.
Workforce Development Presentation
Member Asher Nichols of Asher Nichols & Craftsmen LLC gave a funny and accurate assessment of the current lack of young people going in to the trades.
Youth Remodeling Career Day
At EM NARI we are committed to growing the remodeling industry workforce. In 2016 we launched the Youth Remodeling Career Day designed to connect high school students studying for a career in construction with the range of opportunities that exist in the remodeling industry. This event is a first step in creating connections with area schools and students as they navigate the career exploration process. The Youth Remodeling Career Day committee is planning this year’s event.
One of the areas of untapped potential is for women to join the remodeling industry in a variety of positions, from design to carpentry to subcontractor roles. EM NARI hosted its inaugural Women in Remodeling Event with a luncheon and panel discussion in November 2018. Follow up programming continued throughout 2019 with the annual signature Women’s event planned for each November.
School Partnerships & Internships/Apprenticeships
EM NARI members have forged relationships with local schools. We are in the process of creating programs for the entire chapter which could expand school partnerships and the opportunity to create a wealth of new experiences that showcase the residential remodeling field to students thinking about a career in construction.