By: Howard Williams
September 27 2017
Times have changed and our community has not kept up. When you lead from behind your just a follower.
The minority community has all but abandoned the skilled trades as a field of employment for their children. Most of the community believes it does not take much skill to repair, remodel or rehab property and anybody with limited knowledge and a view tools can do it.
Because of the knowledge required in the skilled trades today. It takes some initial classroom training and then actual on the job training in the field of interest. There are very few places for young people to acquire this training. And that is where the community has failed its young people.
I am going to try and explain why it is important for our young people to enter this lucrative field. Let me start with this brief slide show Fire Damaged Property Rehab. All the companies that worked on this rehab project except one was a minority company. Just this one project created work for 5 minority companies plus their employees. And yet their is a shortage of skilled workers. Also minority Baby Boomers who have years of knowledge that are beginning to retire are only able to pass their knowledge on to just a small number of minority young people.
Although this Fire damaged property rehab project may not seem large enough to need that many trades. Local building codes require a building permit and therefor every company that worked on this project had to have a license because all work is inspected by local building code inspectors. And building codes change constantly. Remember there is no such thing as a jack of all trades.
Here are the skilled trades that were involved on this project. And all had to be knowledgeable of the new building codes.
Demolition and Debris Hauler
Drywall Installer and Finisher
Interior and Exterior Painter
Roofing, Siding and Gutter Installer
Masonry and Concrete Installer
Those that become qualified can earn up to $25.00 an hour. Those that become licensed contractors earns a minimum of 10% of each project cost. And yet some in the community would rather their child do nothing than pursue a skilled trade.