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I agree with Ted . . . most of our hires have been internally groomed (3 sons) or were known by us through our community associations . . . offspring of co-workers, church, family friends, etc. This has been our labor pool ever since our family started in the trade in the late '40's By far, the individuals who worked out best had prior employment experience OUTSIDE of the residential roofing trade.

Our worst experience happened just this past fall with two individuals, recent high school graduates, who, as it turns out, were looking for a paycheck but not a job(or career). Neither one knew how to WORK . . . an individual lacking the basic WORK skill set (persistence, determination, reason, common sense, et al) presents a poor chance of success in the trades . . . not saying it can't be done, but it's going to be a long row to hoe . . . for the employee and the employer.

Making a connection with the local building trades programs in the area schools seems like a good place to start. Those graduates probably have a good idea how to hold a hammer and use a tape measure . . .
 
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