Marvin Windows and Doors Supports Programs to Fill Skilled Labor Gap
January 10, 2017
Marvin Windows and Doors joined as a charter sponsor of Generation Next, a philanthropic campaign from This Old House that will encourage and empower young people to join the skilled trades. Marvin will participate in a campaign kickoff reception at this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, presenting an initial donation to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s Work Ethic Scholarship Program.
“We’re facing an unprecedented shortage in skilled trade talent in this country, and it’s notably affecting the potential success of the building industry,” says Brett Boyum, vice president of marketing, Marvin Windows and Doors . “We believe that there’s an incredible pool of talent out there, that if nurtured properly, can be the new face of skilled trades. By focusing on training, mentoring and scholarships through initiatives like Generation Next, we can collaborate with other leaders to help close the gap.”
Marvin is involved in other programs that emphasize apprenticeship, including internally and with manufacturing foundations and cross-functional certifications. In conjunction with the Minnesota Innovation Institute, Marvin is actively developing a pre-apprenticeship program, working with local schools to begin training students before graduation, and offering a head-start on training programs that can be completed in the workforce after graduation.