Latest Articles in Workforce Development

  •  For companies that decide recruiting is a hiring strategy worth considering, there are certain practices that can help lead to success. Build a relationship with a vetted firm. Do your homework to find an honorable firm with a good track record. They should work for the employer, not the candidate. Find a recruiting partner. Recruiters should demonstrate deep industry knowledge of the... more »
  • Companies need to fill jobs. Can recruiters help?
    There are currently more open jobs in the United States than people available to fill them, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Every industry has a labor problem. Every industry must consider how to do business anyway.  In the fenestration industry, add the booming construction market, increased costs and challenges with attracting a younger generation, and the stakes to find... more »
  • Recruiting and retaining women in the fenestration industry
      The PGT Innovations Leading Ladies program was created by Debbie LaPinska, at the direction of Jeff Jackson, president and CEO of PGTi. With 25 women and growing, the program focuses on mentorship, leadership skills and educational exchange. Read The Return of Rosie, a related article in this month's issue of Window & Door. Further reading on Workforce Development is available... more »
  • Naomi Parker Fraley—the real-life inspiration for the iconic “Rosie the Riveter”—passed away on Jan. 20, 2018, at the age of 96. Virtually at the same time, her legacy was in the process of being revived. Her likeness on the famous 1943 “We Can Do It” poster galvanized women to go into the formerly male-only province of manufacturing to help the war effort by... more »
  • The fenestration industry tackles labor challenges by rethinking its approach; redefining its image
    How to Get Connected and Sell the Industry Contact local high schools. Get connected with guidance departments.  Broadcast the benefits of a job in the industry through social media and video content.  Offer to give lectures, career advice or help with activities at area schools.  Volunteer for Junior Achievement USA. Speak with a class about resumés and interviewing. Partner... more »
  • At the recent Window and Door Manufacturers Association’s Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference, held March 19-21 in Washington, D.C., Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers, spoke on the continuing challenge of finding and retaining a skilled labor force and outlined initiatives companies and associations are implementing to address the situation.... more »
  • Manufacturers adjust hiring practices to cultivate qualified workers in a tight labor market
    A new employee cuts a window screen frame to size at Quanex, a company that uses a variety of recruiting strategies, including utilizing veteran outreach programs and participating in Manufacturing Day. (Image courtesy of Quanex.) Recruiting Tips Seek out veterans “Veterans have a commitment to mission, they know how to work with a team and they understand how to be trained. These are all... more »
  • How manufacturers can take the lead on addressing the issue
    Availability of qualified labor is increasingly seen as a major problem for both the construction industry and for manufacturers. In the former case, the National Association of Home Builders reported in a 2017 Eye on Housing blog that the percentage of its surveyed builders who indicated that cost and availability of labor is their most significant problem skyrocketed from 13 percent of builders... more »