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Roofing Academy Schools New Commercial Roofers

RCS Commercial Roofing Training
July 8, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.

By Evelyn Witterholt. 

This Academy is making waves in the industry by recruiting and educating future roofing contractors. 

The roofing industry has been facing labor shortages for the past few years. Industry experts say that the shortage has led to roofers losing 15,000-20,000 jobs per every one million. One of the best ways to fix these labor shortages is by recruiting new roofers, and every new roofer needs proper training. That’s why the GAF Roofing Academy is working hard to recruit and train new roofers to help expand our industry. 

Recently, Graham Roofing hosted a three-day commercial roofing training course at their company headquarters in West Point, Mississippi. There, eight students gained valuable knowledge about how to safely and effectively install a commercial roof. They also earned a $250 stipend for attending and will receive a training course from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), courtesy of GAF.  

What’s even better is that they will be interviewed by Graham Roofing for a potential job with their company. Christee Holbrook, Graham Roofing’s CEO and president, helped set up this class because her company had gone from 55 roofers to 42 in the past three years. She was particularly happy to see women taking the class as she believes the construction industry needs more women in the workforce. 

“Obviously, we need more diversity in our workforce because we need more workers,” Christee told The Dispatch. “It’s proven that women working in construction and roofing are very beneficial because women can multitask better than men and are more organized. There’s a lot of pros for women to be in construction.” 

On the last day of the class, the students installed a mock roof to demonstrate their new commercial roofing skills. Jay McCord, a GAF roofing instructor, said that this lesson was a great way for students to get hands-on roofing crew experience.  

Christee and Jay have also discussed bringing their lessons to other places, such as prisons. “I’ve talked to (McCord) about doing some more, possibly going into some prisons because they do that also,” Christee said. “This is the stuff we look for — to partner with people on how to recruit into our industry.” 

Photo credit: The Dispatch

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About Evelyn 

Evelyn works as a writer for RoofersCoffeeShop, MetalCoffeeShop and AskARoofer. When she isn’t writing about roofing, she’s either at the gym lifting weights or curled up on the couch watching a movie. 

About RoofersCoffeeShop 

As an award-winning website and online community, RoofersCoffeeShop is committed to being a roofing professional advocate by supplying consistent information, education and communication avenues for all roofing professionals, and especially contractors, while promoting the positive growth, education and success of the roofing industry overall. Visitors to the site continue to find excellent opportunities for sharing information while participating in important ongoing conversations concerning new technologies, safety and the overall roofing trade. From the rooftop to the board room, RoofersCoffeeShop.com is “Where the Industry Meets!” For more information, visit www.rooferscoffeeshop.com



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