By Anna Lockhart.
In a recent episode of the Roofing Road Trips podcast, host Heidi J. Ellsworth, sat down with SkillsUSA contest organizer and director of workforce development for the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), John Esbenshade, to discuss this year’s event and what attendees and competitors can expect from the event.
SkillsUSA was founded in 1965 and today continues to bring together students and industry professionals to introduce America’s future workforce to various industries. The nonprofit is designed to educate middle school, high school and post-secondary students in the skills they need to succeed in future jobs in the trade, technical and skilled career paths of their choice. Through thoughtfully designed competitions, students can compete to win in the field of their interest. From robotics, emergency services and architecture to cosmetology and aesthetics, students can compete for the chance to win in their chosen industry. From June 19-23, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia, students and industry experts from across the country will be attending the 59th annual National Leadership & Skills Conference.
In particular, the construction industry has an exciting competition designed to spark an interest in young minds looking for an opportunity to learn more about roofing and construction. The competition is designed for students to participate in actual roofing practices, such as welding a seam or flashing a T-joint. The goal is to shape competent leaders of the next generation of roofing contractors, and for John and the NRCA, to find students who seek a path in the roofing industry as a ProCertified installer who’s an asset to their crew and the industry as a whole.
John explained, “As students go, we want them to see ProCertification as the goal. And that's why we use almost the exact same mock-up. We try to keep things as consistent as possible to build that learning pathway for the students, starting with track, SkillsUSA and that mock-up and eventually leading to a ProCertified installer who's going to be a valuable asset to a crew...” John continued, “The next step is getting these kids through SkillsUSA, and then they have their first job as installer, but then we want to set them up for that promotion. What is that promotion going to be like? What are the career options that are going to be available? Because just imagine how much better any salesperson or foreman or superintendent will be, because they learned how to do this when they were 16. It's really an exciting place to be.”
Learn more about National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) in their Coffee Shop Directory or visit www.nrca.net.
Anna Lockhart is a content administrator/writer for RoofersCoffeeShop®, MetalCoffeeShop™ and AskARoofer. When she’s not working, she’s most likely to be found with her nose in a book or attempting to master a new cookie recipe.
Since 1886, the National Roofing Contractors Association has been the home for generations of entrepreneurial craftsmen and enterprises who shelter and protect America’s families and businesses and each other. Our vision is the recognition of our members as professionals and to unite the industry to that purpose. NRCA is one of the construction industry’s most respected trade associations and the voice of roofing professionals and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy. It represents all segments of the roofing industry, including contractors; manufacturers; distributors; architects; consultants; engineers; building owners; and city, state and government agencies. For information about NRCA and its services and offerings, visit nrca.net.
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