At the 2018 ICPI Annual Meeting, the ICPI Board of Directors identified workforce development as a priority for the industry. One of the programs being developed to address this issue is the ICPI Beginner Boot Camp. The goal of the Beginner Boot Camp is take inexperienced workers and to provide them with a basic level of competency on a segmental pavement job site. Frank Bourque from Greenmark was chosen to develop the content for the program. To date the task group has reviewed the student guide, instructor’s guide, presentation slide deck, videos and exam.
To test the materials, a pilot Beginner Boot Camp was held on August 20-21 at Atlas Outdoor in Burton, MI. Five students who had limited experience installing interlocking concrete pavements worked with Frank Gandora who instructed the course. Responses from the students were positive.
The course is structed as two full days with 8 hours of classroom training and 8 hours of hands on training in which the students construct a small interlocking concrete paver patio during the 3 labs. Observers for the training included Frank Bourque, Dean Jurik, Ken Lenhardt, Bryan Horr and Robert Bowers. Comments from the observers will be incorporated into the final documents and delivered to the ICPI Board of Directors for their final approval to allow members to start to use the program this fall. A Spanish version of the materials will also be available later this fall.
Thanks to Frank Gandora – Creative Hardscapes, Sam Gembel – Atlas Outdoor and Frank Bourque – Greenmark for making the program a success.
Above: Images from the two day Beginner Boot Camp in Flint, MI.