A few years ago I was reading through a thread and talk turned to the lack of skilled help available, scarcity of motivated young people entering the trades. Sounded just about like what I’ve been hearing all my life.
But then I read something profound. Something I’d never read or heard before. Something that has nagged me ever since. It read something like “…maybe you should ask yourself what YOU have done to nurture young people on the jobsite. Do you bust their chops all day because that’s the way it was when you came up? Or do you provide a good learning environment for them?”
I find myself thinking about that question every day. Don’t have any idea who said it or when, but I’m grateful to them for saying it.
In truth, I don’t think I’ve done enough.
So I’ve decided to make the commitment to hire a couple young guys to help me this fall/winter/spring on a couple big jobs I have scheduled. I’m going to do my best to treat it as much like a carpentry school as I can make it (and still get the job done). They are both about 25. I’ve known them since they were 6 and 7.
It feels like a big responsibility. But more importantly it feels like an oportunity to nurture a couple young men who have shown an interest in becoming carpenters.
Any of you take this approach? Of nuturing? Teaching? Any of you come up in the trades that way?
Tipi, Tipi, Tipi!