Nearly 200 executives of member companies gathered at the 2018 ICPI Summer Meeting in Vancouver, BC, from September 10-13 to direct the industry’s efforts to create a larger skilled workforce and other key initiatives.
“We are all aware of the labor shortage in construction, and especially in our industry,” said Kendall Anderegg, ICPI Chair. “For the past several years, we’ve surveyed contractors on their business and installation practices, and needs. The 2018 survey indicated that four of every five contractors responding said that recruiting and hiring qualified employees was their biggest challenge. From a producer’s perspective, contractors are an extension of our sales force. More contractors can only mean more sales. In response, the ICPI Board created a Workforce Development Special Committee in 2017. Participating members and staff have spent the last few months developing a strategy and plan that includes an installer curriculum development and deployment, a boot camp training program, and promotion of hardscape construction careers.”
Anderegg said that ICPI Workforce Development effort will kick off at the 2018 Hardscape North America tradeshow in Louisville, October 17-19, where ICPI will announce a new partnership with the National Concrete Masonry Association to launch a new Hardscape Installer/Contractor Career Path. This career path will align ICPI and NCMA education courses to offer new and experienced installers/contractors an opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge they need to build a lasting, fulfilling career in the hardscape industry.
ICPI member companies will receive the complete Summer Meeting Highlights document on Friday, October 5, with more information on ICPI’s Workforce Development program and other Summer Meeting news. In addition, the next issue of Paver Express will provide details about other Summer Meeting initiatives and a preview of the update Hardscape North America trade show.