Pass a Window Installation Course, Get a Job Interview

December 22nd, 2014 by Trey Barrineau

For many college students, landing that first job interview after their studies are over can be a long, slow process.

But Burlington County College in Pemberton, N.J., just launched a program in conjunction with Castle Windows that opens the fast lane to a career in the fenestration industry.

Starting in January, students who earn a certificate to be a Window Installation Technician at the community college are guaranteed a job interview at Castle Windows in nearby Mount Laurel. Registration for the program began last week.

“We realized that it takes a long time to develop people as apprentices, but once you do that, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have all the tools,” says Castle Windows President Chris Cardillo. “We wanted to expand on that.”

The 30-session course, which costs $980, combines lectures and hands-on experience. In addition to learning how to install vinyl replacement doors and windows, students will gain valuable communication skills to build better customer relations.

“It is truly rewarding to watch students complete a course and have direct opportunities in the workforce, which is what will happen with this partnership between Castle Windows and Burlington County College,” BCC Interim President Dr. David Spang says. “As the only higher education institution with roots in Burlington County, we are very committed to developing partnerships and training opportunities that will directly benefit our students and residents. This benefits Burlington County College by strengthening a partnership with a terrific local employer, students who will gain skills and the opportunity for employment in a growing field, and Castle Windows which will gain a pipeline of well-trained and highly motivated job applicants.”

The program arrives as business is booming for Castle Windows. In November, Cardillo announced that he wanted to increase his staff by 20 percent before mid-January, and he expects he’ll need even more workers as 2015 unfolds.

“The amount of demand we have for product is increasing greatly, so we’ve got to have more talent,” Cardillo says. “I’m looking for qualified people. We don’t mind developing that labor pool.”

Cardillo believes the program is also a plus for other door and window businesses. “Ultimately, it benefits the industry to have some qualified technicians out there,” he says.

Castle Windows currently has 175 employees and pulls in about $55 million in annual revenue, which Cardillo estimates could grow to 300 workers and annual revenues of $100 million in six years.

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