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Sep 30 2015

Milwaukee NARI Workforce Development Committee Initiatives

September 28, 2015                                                                
Bingo Emmons
Milwaukee/NARI, Creative Construction of WI
Milwaukee/NARI Establishes New Workforce Development Committee and Initiatives; Cultivating Future Workforce to Perpetuate Trade Jobs
Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee’s Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (Milwaukee/NARI), through board action, has recently formed a workforce development committee and is working with its non-profit foundation, area technical colleges, regional workforce development agencies, youth organizations, and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to educate and recruit people into careers within the trade industry.
“If we don’t take steps now to stem the looming shortages in trade jobs, the availability of these services will become harder to secure and most likely, remodeling costs will go up at an accelerated rate because of labor shortages to perform this type of work,” said Tom Callen, co-chair of the Milwakee/NARI Workforce Development Committee and retiree from Callen Construction.
The committee planned its first Job Fair in February, 2015, as an adjunct to its annual Home Improvement Show. The success of the first job fair proved the need for attention to the future trades’ workforce and the committee is already planning future job fairs. To further aid future workforce, the committee added a Career Spot button to the Milwaukee/NARI website to make it easy for people interested in the trades to post their resumes and search for current career openings.
“The hardest perception we face is that the remodeling industry lacks the sizzle of professions that only come with four-year college degrees and this perception is not reality. Careers in the skilled trades are in demand, require creativity and provide family-sustaining salaries,” said Bing Emmons of Creative Construction and co-chair of the Milwaukee/NARI Workforce Development Committee .
Milwaukee/NARI is an elite collection of the best home improvement professionals in the area. They vet and stand by their network of contractors – assuring the highest quality and standards, exceptional service and total honesty to consumers. Milwaukee NARI has been educating consumers and cultivating its membership base for more than 50 years.
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