Changing Current Perceptions About The Building Trades
“People think they have to go to college to get a good job. I’ve got a lot of friends who went to college and now they have thousands of dollars of student debt. I’m miles ahead of my friends when it comes to financial stability.”
Need we say more than Dylan Beavers, a 2017 National Kitchen & Bath Association 30 Under 30 recipient and a third generation remodeler and carpenter at California-based Norm Tessier Cabinets.
Jordan Parisse, a 2016 NKBA 30 Under 30 inductee, noted that vocational careers are sometimes seen as a compromise for students who couldn’t get into college, a perception that needs to change.
Parisse, owner of Philadelphia-based Ferrarini Electric and a project coordinator at the award-winning Ferrarini Kitchens. Baths. Interiors., says he chartered his own learning curriculum. While working in his family’s remodeling business, he abandoned the traditional community college path to piece together the business administration, electrical and carpentry skills required to create what he terms, “my own doctorate in building and construction management.”
In addition to declining societal views of the building trades, Parisse says that some teens face career barriers, especially those in under resourced communities who lack access to the proper tools or skills training.
Parisse felt this issue was so important he created “Trades for Difference,” a non-profit job training organization that provides skills training and guidance for area youth. Check out the organization’s current makeover plans for a new community-learning center.
“Working with my hands and creating on a job site was a fun and productive outlet for many inner city teenagers like me, who had a lot of time and energy to channel into something productive,” he recalls.
Parisse and Beavers are just two examples that expose the challenges that lie ahead for the building and manufacturing industry.
We all recognize the shortage of skilled workers in our industry. NKBA is one of the original supporters of This Old House’s Generation NEXT campaign, and is set on reversing this trend and raising funds for mikeroweWORKS Work Ethic Scholarships for people who want training for these in-demand skilled jobs.
Generation NEXT compliments our own workforce development initiative, Trade UP, a program designed to change perceptions about trade careers through the support of programs like Generation NEXT. By working together, we can change the current perceptions about trade careers and help make the skilled labor shortage a thing of the past.