Scott Burt & Todd Pudvar are scratching a huge itch in the painting industry: raising up more qualified workers.
Their programs are helping contractors all over the country do better work and make higher profits.
- Both Scott & Todd were teachers at local schools
- Both started painting full-time while teaching and then they both came back full-time to painting only
- Couldn’t find good painters in the area which inspired them to start “Prep to Finish” as a vocational class for local high school students 0 now offered to contractors.
- Future Vision: Changing the vision of “Trades” as positive career.
- We need to meet Millennials where they are at. Teach the “why” and give them tools to make smart choices
- Top Tips: Put your energy where your passion is. Be the best decision maker, not a best friend. Instead of focusing just on the quality of job done, focus on the results of those trained and are honing their craft.
- Sometimes what gets in the way of getting people to improve is themselves and their ego. Realize that when you become complacent you are stagnant. Be open minded to change.
- Technical Students/ High School – Teaching students and giving them a skill
- Contractors – helping existing contractors continue
- Online training program for Contractors & Crews www.PainterTrainer.com
- Top Traits of a Great Foreman
- Patience & Understanding
- Knowledge & Skills
- Leadership Training
- Not afraid to enforce the company standards
- “Give a shit” factor
- Takes safety seriously
- Owners/Sales unintentionally hurt their Workforce when estimates are sold with a specific scope of work and unknown factors uncovered/realized when the workers start. Don’t estimate really low to get a job.
- Re-name “Manual Labor” to “Craftsmanship” and remind people it’s a skill, a trade and a craft you hone. Take pride in what you do.