Bostik is announcing a partnership with the National Flooring Contractors Apprenticeship Program (NFCAP). Officially launched in 2020, the NFCAP offers an apprenticeship agenda registered with the Department of Labor. Connected to three national vocational schools (Job Corps, YouthBuild, and Big Picture Learning) NFCAP now has access to more than 200 campuses nationwide.
To date, students receive a certified eight-week pre-apprenticeship training program to identify committed prospects that want to join the flooring apprenticeship. Partnering has been established with Certified Flooring Installers (CFI), the National Association of Floor Covering Technicians (NAFCT), the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), and the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) to assist in placing the apprentices and continue training.
“We understand each company has a distinct corporate culture, so we tailor each company’s training curriculum in accordance with their unique standards,” stated Carlos Mongalo, founder of NFCAP. “Our comprehensive programs discipline apprentices to professionally represent specific companies while working for their customers. NFCAP managers work closely with each company to ensure that apprentices receive the proper training both online and in the classroom. Curriculums focus on the technicality of flooring material, skill sets for different installation methods, and customer service management. Ultimately, when apprentices complete this three-to-four-year program, they receive official certification from the Department of Labor. The primary NFCAP goal is to train apprentices to develop a professional corporate attitude, giving clients the best possible experiences.”
According to Robert Williams, national sales manager/national accounts at Bostik USA, “Like most all construction material suppliers, the flooring industry has experienced a shortage of professional installers… especially regarding ‘new breed,’ younger workers. Bostik is always on the lookout to aid in apprenticeship training programs. And we see this opportunity to partner with NFCAP as being a total win-win situation. Why? Because by assisting the National Job Corps Association, an extension of the Department of Labor (which has over 110 locations nationwide), we can contribute to our industry by offering state-of-the-art training via these highly professional programs throughout the country. Bostik has always believed in contributing to our industry… and working with NFCAP represents an excellent opportunity for all involved.”