Adrian Simpson, operations manager for Carpet Call Floor Centre, in Victoria, Australia, walks us through the company’s humble beginnings, the installer crisis in Australia and Carpet Call’s international recruitment efforts.
Board members of the Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) are meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, this week to discuss progress of the installer recruitment campaign and the executive committee’s plans for 2022.
Whether it’s finding qualified labor or retaining the qualified labor you’ve found, our industry has long dealt with a shortage that has in turn impacted the jobs we can take on, our productivity and our bottom lines.
For some graduating high school seniors, rather than donning a sweatshirt with the logo or mascot of their future college or university, declaring a major and selecting classes for the fall, they will be putting on tool belts and embarking on what can be a rewarding and fruitful career as a construction industry tradesperson.
For every purchase of Arropol’s hand sanitizer brand, Arropure, by a World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) member, 10% of the price will be refunded to the Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) to help recruit and train the next generation of installers.
In an effort to address and alleviate this and other issues impacted by a lack of skilled labor, the newly formed National Association of Floor Covering Technicians (NAFCT) has entered the industry with a goal to improve the flooring industry through training.