Other trades have relied on SkillsUSA as a pipeline system for new workers since the 1960s. SkillsUSA is one way for the roofing industry to improve the perception of the industry and directly recruit students committed to entering the trades. As an industry, if we were able to recruit even 5% of these graduating students, we would have more than 5,000 new roofing workers annually.
You can get involved with SkillsUSA by donating funds and materials for the national championships. But the best thing to do is locate a school in your area that is associated with SkillsUSA, build a relationship with that school, and offer to teach and/or assist with getting roofing curriculum into their program. NRCA will provide schools access to its TRAC Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation program at no cost. To learn more, contact NRCA Director of Workforce Development John Esbenshade.