Tremco/WTI, Missouri Department of Corrections Partner On Job Training Program
BEACHWOOD, Ohio, October 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Tremco Roofing, its service subsidiary WTI (Weatherproofing Technologies, Inc.) and the Missouri Department of Corrections (MODOC) is proud to launch ELEVATE, a new vocational training program conducted in a state prison that will prepare Missouri residents for careers as commercial roofers upon release. In addition to providing productive employment opportunities for graduates, ELEVATE is designed to address the chronic labor shortage in the construction industry.
In early 2020, the Missouri Department of Corrections and Tremco/WTI entered into a partnership focused on providing roofing and building maintenance training to inmates. The Western Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center (WRDCC) in St. Joseph was chosen for the two-stage pilot training program that integrates live-stream instruction, self-paced learning and hands-on on-site training. The inmates were interviewed, then officially invited to begin training and were offered a job at WTI upon release. The course work began with a 10-hour OSHA safety certification training course. After the safety training was completed, courses on roof systems, roof maintenance and roof restoration and repair were completed.
To complete phases one and two, the inmates participated in an on-site event attended by: Missouri’s Governor Parson, Tremco/WTI leadership teams and members of the Missouri Department of Corrections. The inmates were presented with their well-deserved OSHA 10 certificates and safety equipment before going outside to perform hands-on repairs and equipment installation. It was a chance for the inmates to show off some of the new skills they had learned during training.
“We developed this program because of our commitment to take the roofing industry to the next level – people, students, professionals and people who need a hand up, not a handout,” said Tremco’s Executive Vice President Mardee Billingsley, who attended the event on site.
While Tremco Roofing/WTI has provided training and support to job seekers involved elsewhere in the criminal justice system, the MODOC partnership marks the first time it has provided training in a prison before release. The Missouri graduates of the program have access to a wide range of support and services, including assistance with everything from workwear to transportation. “You are now part of our family and we are going to make sure we take care of you,” said Tremco/WTI Quality Resource Coordinator Maleah Evans, a facilitator for the ELEVATE program. “We’ve always been a second chance business. We always want to give people the opportunity to change their lives and do better.”
WTI President Tom Cummings strongly reinforces this. “The foundation of the ELEVATE program rests on three pillars. Restoring hope, which can be turned into opportunities. Restoring trust, through commitment, learning new skills and creating new value for the individual. And restoring support, by working together as a team to overcome obstacles that we may face on the roof or in our lives.”
The collaboration creates a win-win-win situation. During the national shortage of skilled workers, Tremco/WTI gets well-trained employees who want to work. Students will have the opportunity to walk out of prison and find a job, overcoming one of the most challenging barriers to success that people face after incarceration. Missouri wins because the program can save taxpayers money while increasing post-detention employment, helping to reduce recidivism and make the state safer.
ELEVATE is just one program of Tremco Roofing/WTI’s RISE (Roofing Individuals Succeed through Education) initiative, which also offers a free online bachelor’s degree in construction management for the employee; a partnership with SkillsUSA, a national organization that works with high school and high school students, to provide curricula for our country’s future skilled workforce; and a federally sanctioned, non-union roofing training program.
About the Tremco Construction Products Group
Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance and WTI are part of the Tremco Construction Products Group, the new flagship brand representing the combined strengths of Tremco Incorporated businesses, including the operating divisions Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing and Tremco Barrier Solutions; Dryvit Systems, Inc.; Nudura Inc; Willseal; and Weatherproofing Technologies, Inc. In total, Tremco CPG companies have 14 manufacturing facilities, six distribution sites and three technology sites and employ more than 2,600 people North America. For more information, visit us at www.tremcoinc.com.
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