International Standards and Training Alliance (INSTALL) introduced a program to help flooring installers expand to new territories, as well as programs designed to help with recruiting and retaining labor.

The new programs were unveiled during INSTALL’s leadership conference, held June 25–27 in collaboration with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Interior/Exterior Systems division.

The Expansion Partnership Program was developed in an effort to help construction businesses expand into new territories; it focuses on helping to recruit a labor force in those territories, providing training and certification there and helping to gain market share via a network of INSTALL partners.

INSTALL also showcased three programs geared specifically toward recruiting and retaining labor in the construction industry, which included the following:

“Career Connections” is designed to help high school teachers introduce students to a career in construction. Students learn intermediate skills and the essentials of construction site safety.

“Sisters in the Brotherhood” (SIB) strives to bring more women into the industry through job-site and leadership skills training. This program also advocates for women’s issues, supporting and mentoring new members.

“Helmets to Hardhats” (H2H) connects military veterans with INSTALL contractors with the goal of helping veterans and bringing new skilled workers into the floor covering industry.