Building a Workforce FOR THE Remodeling Industry
Photos Courtesy of Anthony Tripp Photos
Laurence Carolan and John Ratzenburger
Judy Mozen and Kayleen McCabe
Problem May Be National, but Solutions Are Local

The meeting ended up with local chapters around the country describing what they are doing for workforce development. Kansas City NARI established a “Futures Fund.” The purpose of this fund was to be the educational and charitable arm of the Kansas City NARI Chapter and to engage in educational programs and activities for the benefit and enlightenment of the public with respect to home remodeling and improvement. Last year they gave local schools over $10,000 of trades related equipment. The Omaha NARI chapter formed a team to partner with local organizations and educational institutions to promote construction and remodeling career opportunities, change the negative image associated with trade career pathways, and grow the conversation--bring together businesses, students, educators, parents through mentorship and career expo programs. They have developed a Builders of the Future program to locate, encourage, and educate the next generation of construction trade specialists. The NARI Milwaukee chapter had promoted competitions as a means of raising awareness and building skills. Four technical colleges now compete annually for Interior Design. They are also working with SkillsUSA and have started the Wisconsin TeamWorks Carpentry competition. The winner of this program will to advance to SkillsUSA’s national competition in Louisville KY.

Dan Taddei is Director of Education and Certification, National Association of the Remodeling Industry

1. “Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity” (LIRA), published by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.