The roofing industry, much like the construction industry as a whole, is aging and needs new workers in order to keep up with the constant demand for repairs and new construction. Educating younger people about the industry is key to ensuring the future of roofing. While the average age of construction professionals is going up, there are barriers to entering the field in a well-paying job making it harder for younger people who want to join.
Roofing apprenticeships are one way to contribute to the workforce of skilled laborers who are investing in their futures. In this article, a roofing lawyer in Florida details two of the roofing apprenticeships available in the Sunshine State.
While there has been an apprentice program in South Florida for some time, The Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (FRSA) only just brought the program to Orlando in December.
Valencia College hosted the program that was taught by Pete Henkels, a former construction industry professional. The two-week program was created with help from many local partners, including Orange County Public Schools. The 73-hour program educated 18 employees who work for several contracting companies.
The program includes education about safety and material handling, hand tools and power tools, and rigging. The curriculum is based on the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core certification and apprentices come away with a certification.
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. offers several classes in different subsections of the construction trade. They offer a roofing apprenticeship program through the ABC institute in South Florida. In this program, there are no fees for students to pay except for the costs of materials like books and tools needed for work.
The students must be sponsored by a construction professional before they can begin the apprenticeship. While this program takes three to four years to complete, it is available to people who don’t have a high school or college degree and the participants get paid for the work they do while learning.
Whether you have employees or apprentices at your business, if you need assistance with employment law, a roofing lawyer can help you. Our law firm offers many employment law services such as drafting employment paperwork, OSHA defense, and representation for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaints.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.