CertainTeed takes the insulation training to San Joaquin

CertainTeed has continued to strengthen their ongoing partnership with YouthBuild and extended over to the west coast by initiating an insulation training with YouthBuild San Joaquin. The training took place at the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) campus of the San Joaquin Building Futures Academy over the course of two days during the end of March.  YouthBuild San Joaquin students had the chance to work with Saint-Gobain/CertainTeed trainers as well as two contractors from Sequoia Insulation, who provided specialized training in how to utilize a number of innovative, green building materials and products. The training provided an amazing educational opportunity for the YouthBuild students to not only get hands on experience but also enriching, inspirational advice pertaining to their future careers and goals.

Overall, there were a total of 10 YouthBuild San Joaquin students and four program alumni that participated in the training. The first day was focused on teaching the students how to install CertainTeed’s new Sustainable Insulation, which is meant to increase indoor air quality through the use of a plant-based binder. Ted Winslow and Bruce Hartzell, national trainers from CertainTeed, conducted the training. As part of the training, students competed in three groups to install the insulation. At the end of the day, the trainers critiqued the results, and each team was able to achieve industry standards!


The variation of skill level of the new YouthBuild students in comparison to the YouthBuild veterans allowed each student to learn from one another in an engaging, educational way through friendly competition. The students were able to learn an important career skill, receive a CertainTeed Insulation Installation Certification to keep in their portfolios and most importantly—they had fun doing so!

Winslow recalled, “We have done a lot of these events, but this one really stepped it up a notch.  The contractor even provided us feedback that CertainTeed is the only insulation manufacturer they know of that is engaged with and sponsoring programs like YouthBuild. ”


Perhaps the most amazing part about working with organizations like YouthBuild is that the experience is rewarding for everyone involved. CertainTeed Product Manger Ted Winslow, who helped train the students on how to install CertainTeed insulation, explained that, “This type of training is the most rewarding because it provides us with an opportunity to give back to a community in need.  Seeing the excitement in the students faces and the pride after they receive their certificates is quite remarkable and I feel honored to have such an opportunity to provide them potentially with a second chance in life through getting involved in the construction trades.  The industry demand is there for skilled laborers, especially for insulation, and these types of programs provide them with the ability to set themselves up for a successful career for many years to come.”

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