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Home Latest News With Aim of Solving Installation Crisis, Varden Debuts UNITE Training Alliance

With Aim of Solving Installation Crisis, Varden Debuts UNITE Training Alliance

Robert Varden, an industry veteran who has spent his entire career in the installation side of the flooring business, has announced UNITE: the International Floor Covering Training Alliance. “The installation crisis is bigger than one company or nonprofit. We need a stronger, united voice. I call it UNITE because that’s what we do,” Varden explained.

UNITE logoCreated with his own funding and vision, the nonprofit organization “doesn’t ask any training or scholarship company to give up its autonomy. Each has a specialty or mission, from training wood installation or tile installation, to scholarships for deserving students,” Varden said.

“What we will do at UNITE is stimulate the collaboration, build bridges of cooperation, and outreach to high school seniors with one voice about the potential and rewards of pursuing a career as a trained, qualified professional flooring installer,” he added.

UNITE will also engage with manufacturers to pursue the use of trained professionals, with either warranties or extended warranties. “Our goal is to have warranties and specifications where certified installers are written into the coverage as a requirement,” Varden stated. “Together with our partners, we will be stronger in recruiting, training and launching the next generation of floor covering installers.”

UNITE will announce its Board of Directors soon and will begin meeting with each training entity to begin collaboration, Varden added.

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