By Chloee Lewis, CFI
Build My Future: Flooring Edition, co-hosted by the Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI), and Informa/The International Surface Event (TISE), is back for its second annual event. Set for April 14, 2020 in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, the one-day program will introduce and educate students to the flooring industry while bringing awareness to the various roles, all of which lead to career opportunities as a flooring installation professional. A position in the flooring industry would provide a future for them and their families.
Connecting with local high school students and inviting them to come and test drive a day on the job as a flooring professional is something that doesn’t exist in the flooring or construction industries. The Build My Future: Flooring Edition is not your average job fair: CFI offers hands-on demos, competitions and prizes donated by our sponsors and supporters.
According to the results of research commissioned by the Floor Covering Leadership Council (conducted by The Blackstone Group Inc., Chicago), over the next 10 years, to keep up with moderate growth within the flooring industry, approximately 180,000 installers must be recruited, trained and employed in the industry.
“CFI has been focused on the initiative of reaching the youth for the past three years. Not only to let them know that floor covering installation is a viable opportunity for them, but in most cases, it is also a very profitable one without the college debt,” explains Robert Varden, vice president of CFI.
The first Build My Future: Flooring Edition in Dallas, TX gave students the opportunity to have a day to work in the flooring industry through an interactive and entertaining showcase! The 2019 event in Dallas, TX welcomed hundreds of students to get hands-on with surface materials.
With an amazing turn out from local school districts, participating male and female students were blown away by the interactive showcase. “This is the best field trip I have ever been on and lunch hasn’t even been served yet,” exclaimed one student. The students came in open-minded and left with a new perspective of the available flooring positions within their areas. Some even left with job applications from local retailers who were in attendance.
If you are interested in volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, then please call CFI at (816) 231-4646, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.