Podcast Episode 121 — Live from PCBC 2018 with Johnny Hourihan
A frank conversation about building trades careers: apprenticeships, internships, training programs, the cost of college, and the drive that leads to success in any industry.
In this live-from-the-show episode, Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink and design editor Brian Pontolilo speak with special guest Johnny Hourihan on the floor of the Pacific Coast Builder Conference (PCBC), at booth number 2560, actually.
John is a friend of the show, as you can see from his guest appearances on Episode 31, Episode 79, and Episode 81. He’s an FHB ambassador, and since we last checked in with him, he’s become the owner of Boston-based Vintage Builders. You can see his work on Instagram, @HeresJohnnyH and at @VintageBuilders.
Our second guest on today’s show is Mara Villanueva-Heras. That’s her at the center of the photo at the top of this post. She’s the vp of corporate marketing for CertainTeed, and she’s come on the show to talk about the #KeepCraftAlive movement. CertainTeed is a charter sponsor of the initiative. She has a lot to say about the efforts CertainTeed is making to help get kids involved in the building industry. Mara also talks about how the industry offers the best choice for some young people, such as her stepson, now working in asbestos abatement in New York.
John mentions that college is no guarantee of a job, and many high school grads are not ready at 18 to commit to the financial burden of college, especially when an apprenticeship or training program is a better path. He just launched an internship program, and immediately got 45 applicants. The demand is there. He concedes the work involved for a business owner is high, but the payoff is worth it.
Mara, Johnny, Brian, and Justin take a realistic look at the rewards and opportunities, financial and intangible, for young people considering a career in the trades.
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Links for this episode:
- The PCBC website.
- Articles John Hourihan has written for Fine Homebuilding.
- YouthBuild, an organization that helps kids finish high school and gain experience in the building trades.
- Data behind the aging of the building trades workforce.
- Podcast 114, with Anthony Vitale, talking about launching an apprentice program.
- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
- #KeepCraftAlive tee-shirts support scholarships for building trades students. So go order some shirts at KeepCraftAlive.org.
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