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Dear Fellow Industry Professionals,
Today’s article is the last in this week’s 5-part series about how the pandemic is impacting our industry.
Today, we’re recognizing that our industry’s workforce conditions are vastly different than they were in February when NCBPA and the NC Community College System hosted an industry Workforce Development Summit to help chart a path forward towards better supporting our current workforce and recruiting the future workforce.
As a result of the pandemic, some of these projects and recommendations will need to be placed on hold, while others have become more important. While our industry does need to make progress on state and federal policies that may support us through the recovery, the building performance industry (and in particular energy efficiency sector) still lacks fundamental resources that we need now and will need more in the coming months to support our workforce.
One clear example is the lack of a Career Pathway that informs students, their families, faculty members, working age adults looking to transition into our industry and also current industry professionals about the job and career opportunities available to them. All of our businesses will be better off with resources like this one as we look to hire and rehire in the months ahead.
As always, we welcome your feedback so that we can better inform and help inspire during these challenging times. NCBPA and I personally are committed to supporting every company and individual that we can.
Thank you for the opportunity to share our thoughts and member feedback with you this week.
Take care and stay safe,
D. Ryan Miller
Founder & CEO, NCBPA
Since 2017, NCBPA has been leading efforts to understand and prioritize our industry’s most important workforce development needs. Following our second North Carolina Building Performance Workforce Development Summit this past February, NCBPA began compiling these findings and recommendations into a report.
Today, we are pleased to release the report in its current state to provide an improved understanding of the workforce opportunities we identified prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, with strong support from member companies and the NC Community College System, in particular.
The 64-page report includes a summary of our industry’s pre-COVID-19 workforce development challenges and opportunities, a sample proposal outlining how grant funding would be used to improve our resources in North Carolina and other states across the country, and provides greater detail on key areas of our workforce development priorities.
Click on the file below to download the report.
NCBPA welcomes feedback on the report’s current recommendations and how they may help our industry as we work through the pandemic and into a recovery in the coming months.
NCBPA will now shift our work in this area to applying the lessons we’ve learned and recommendations we have helped define to these current times, in hopes of supporting our member and industry companies and workers across the state.