Scott Halloran, a 35-year veteran of the floor covering industry and currently an operations manager for a mid-sized commercial flooring company based in Scottsdale, Ariz., wrote in to share his thoughts on the lack of qualified professionals in the installation trade. He stated:
“Here in my state, we struggle with a shortage of skilled labor. There are many contributing factors. We are a ‘right to work’ state—no union representation or apprenticeship training. The majority of installers have never received any professional, organized training or classroom educational training. They just practice what they’ve learned from fellow untrained workers. This leads to an ever-growing population of unskilled, uneducated and unprofessional workers.