Now is the time to budget for training. Whether you’re trying to bring in those fresh faces, reduce liabilities or increase quality with your existing crew, education and training are essential.
The leaves have dropped, and it’s officially budget season. Now is the time that the glass industry is projecting our immediate future. Those with buying power are asking for new equipment, technology and tools. But the particularly savvy are also earmarking resources for hunting new hires and investing in current staff.
Our industry has a people problem. Skilled labor has become an endangered species, and the reality is that you’ll need to find new people to maintain your current output before even thinking about growth or lead time reduction. Now—specifically right now—is the time to budget for training. Whether you’re trying to bring in those fresh faces, reduce liabilities or increase quality with your existing crew, education and training are essential.
Make online training easy to retain employees
The National Glass Association has online training through its MyGlassClass.com platform to accelerate onboarding and help retain your current flock. It’s not bulletproof, but I know firsthand that it can help speed up and improve your current processes. Whether you install, fabricate or manufacture/supply related products, MyGlassClass.com can help by providing affordable, practical education. It doesn’t replace the hands-on, in-the-field experience (it was never meant to), but it complements and makes that process a whole lot easier, faster and more cost-effective.
NGA’s MyGlassClass.com provides both the crash course and safety net. It can make your current team better and help springboard the newbies. It creates a baseline knowledge that everyone can leverage and that translates into safer jobsites, quality installs and a more capable workforce.
Training Courses in English and Spanish
The 100+ on-demand courses were designed with the input of companies like you, from subject matter experts with demonstrated knowledge and skills. We also now have the majority of our courses available in Spanish. If you need people—and I know you need people—this is the solution and path forward. It was built by glaziers, for glaziers, fabricators, owners and sales/customer service representatives.
If you want to retain your people, and onboard new men and women with a road-ready program that will elevate your current process, MyGlassClass.com is the answer. It is the only education platform produced, approved and sanctioned by the NGA (the only trade association serving the glass and glazing community), is the only NCCER-credentialed glazier apprentice program, and is also the #1 source for online glazier education. Additionally, it just so happens to be the most cost-effective bang for your buck. (NGA members get a substantial 50% discount.)
As you set your 2022 budgets, don’t forget to invest in your people. The ROI is tenfold. Training will help you recruit and educate your new team members; it will help you retain and hone the skills of your existing workforce. And it will improve your bottom line.