The Roofing Alliance, the Foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), is committed to a variety of roofing-related initiatives, including education, training, technology, innovation, sustainability, and other charitable endeavors. Along with establishing and providing funding efforts to several programs aimed to improve the industry, members of the Roofing Alliance are committed to a myriad of initiatives related to strengthening roofing training programs.
In this brief article, members of the Roofing Alliance will detail three ways that the national organization is making a difference in training initiatives in roofing. Remember, we can only positively impact the future of roofing by donating our time and resources to a variety of programs and initiatives committed to the roofing industry. To learn more about our organization, including membership opportunities, please visit our website.
The Roofing Alliance is proud of its partnership with several workforce training programs that focus on attracting and training roofing professionals. Since its inception in 1996, these relationships have helped pave the way for a variety of roofing industry initiatives. There are many benefits to building stronger workforce development programs. This includes improving the reputation of roofing as a whole and developing certification programs that teach young professionals the skills they need to further their careers.
The Roofing Alliance is proud to allocate funding to the NRCA’s ProCertification™ program, which offers roofing professionals the opportunity to seek microcredentials in a variety of roofing-related areas. Recently, the membership-based organization also announced it would provide funding efforts in a partnership between NRCA and SkillsUSA. Here is the organization’s mission statement:
SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future workforce through the development of framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.
Part of this partnership focuses on bolstering career and technical education initiatives that can greatly enhance the quality of the workforce.
One of the greatest challenges facing the future of the roofing industry is the labor shortage issue that has plagued roofing since The Great Recession. Unfortunately, the roofing industry hasn’t been an attractive career option to young men and women in the last 15 or so years. Further, roofing-related curriculum has never in the past been a focus area for high-quality education programs like construction management programs at universities.
The Roofing Alliance is committed to partnering with universities and vocational programs to educate the next generation of roofers. One active project is a partnership with Clemson University with a goal “to bring awareness of the roofing Industry to construction management, engineering and architectural students.” Part of this effort will include implementing a three-hour credited college-level course that focuses on roofing education as part of the school’s construction management program. Ideally, the Roofing Alliance hopes to have an accredited curriculum integrated into construction management programs nationwide.
For 25 years, the Roofing Alliance has provided funding to a variety of roofing industry studies. Whether its studies are focused on safety and roofing technology like the 2017 NRCA Silica Objective Data Collection Project or worker satisfaction studies like the 1997 Gallup Study, the Roofing Alliance is committed to assessing all aspects of the industry. Funding roofing industry studies has many undeniable benefits, including evaluating industry practices, developing better processes, and improving training and safety practices to ensure workers can complete projects safely and to the best of their ability.
To learn more about past projects funded by the Roofing Alliance, please visit our website.
Membership opportunities with the Roofing Alliance are available to all roofing professionals. For more information on our organization’s objectives or how you can join the Roofing Alliance, please contact us today.