Lisa Pate, FRSA Executive Director
Roofing is not a trade that normally draws high school students into the fold – the work is hard, temperatures are hot and roofing is not seen as a viable or attractive career choice. Students aren’t informed of a career path in the industry by guidance counselors but, instead, steered toward a college education or a career in another trade. Let’s face it, roofing isn’t for sissies. It’s hard work, requires extensive knowledge of the Florida Building Codes and a two-day state license
exam for those who choose to own a roofing company.
Unfortunately, with the exception of a few large companies, employee training and education has not been a priority over the years. For the average roofing company, it’s been feast or famine, where contractors were too busy to lose an employee or two for a few weeks of training or too slow to keep employees on the payroll while providing additional education. Read more.