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Editor Phillip Lawless isn’t afraid to tell it like it is and give you the straight soap on what he sees and hears in the world of carwashing.

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Blog: Carwashing is a land of opportunity

March 19, 2013
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For almost a decade now, I've been a front row observer to the ups and downs of my local labor market. My wife is a social worker, and partnering with different agencies she has helped people with disabilites find employment. I frequently get a nightly rundown of her clients' successes and struggles as many enter the job market for the first time.

Having seen the good and bad sides of companies when it comes to non-traditional hiring scenarios, I am always happy to see the car care industry get creative when it comes to training and hiring new employees. As PC&D has reported, there are now carwash occupational programs in England and in the U.S. that were created specifically to train new employees with disabilities and help them become self sufficient.

But it goes farther than just people with disabilites. In Cincinnati, two police men founded a wash to hedge against possible layoffs and ended up helping their community by hiring former offenders. Now, a new carwash formed by a church is trying to create something similar to create positive change in their community.

Everyone can see that Grace for Vets has been a success and created a huge amount of good will for the car care industry. But, even further than that, the car care industry is offering opportunites for veterans to open their own businesses and give back to their fellow service members.

In your years as an operator, have you worked with any programs or made any non-traditional hires? What have you learned from these experiences? Could you see benefiting from these programs in the future?