Skilled Trades

Could Generation Z Help Solve the Skilled Trades Shortage?

Today, Baby Boomers make up a large proportion of our nation’s skilled trades workers, and they’re either retiring or plan to soon. This wouldn’t be a problem if enough younger workers replaced them, but that hasn’t been the case. Workers aged 25 to 44 years old have largely opted to pursue other career paths, which […]

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5 Tips for a Successful Career Change into a Skilled Trade

Wish your work was more meaningful? Feel like your skills could be put to a better use than in your current job? Always had bigger and better dreams for yourself? You’re not alone. These are some of the reasons Americans change careers.[1] If you’ve heard about the skilled trades shortage and are thinking of turning […]

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6 HVAC Career Trends to Follow in 2019

Change is common in most industries, especially those where technology plays a big role. This is certainly the case with the field of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, or what’s commonly known as HVAC and HVAC/R.[1][2] Following industry trends can help HVAC professionals make the most out of their careers. It can provide insights […]

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What Is the Green New Deal and How Could It Impact Skilled Trades Workers?

Remember learning about the New Deal in history class? It’s how President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave Americans jobs and the country’s infrastructure a makeover during the Great Depression.[1] Inspired by the success of that program, legislators today are proposing a “Green New Deal” to create jobs while combating climate change. Specifically, the program could create […]

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How Technical Training Can Help Fill the Middle-Skills Gap

What do electrical, welding and HVAC careers all have in common? Healthy job growth and wages[1][2][3] Active work[4] Require more than a high school diploma but less than a 4-year degree.[5][6][7] Fields experiencing a skilled labor shortage[8] Notice the opportunity in the similarities between these three careers? You’re not alone. And what could be a […]

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Which Skilled Trades Career Is Right for You?

Have you heard the news? The skilled trades shortage is getting worse. From 2015 to 2018, the number of U.S. employers struggling to find workers with the right skills jumped from 32 percent to 46 percent. That’s nearly half of employers in the country. The skills gap is worst in the trades. Positions for welders, […]

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Should You Go to a Technology Boot Camp or a Trade School?

Have you ever worried about losing your job to a machine? You’re not alone. A recent Pew Research study found that 72 percent of Americans are concerned about a future where robots and computers perform human jobs.[1] But, rather than taking jobs from humans, technology is creating them—and quicker than companies can find workers to […]

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Calling All Gamers: Modern Manufacturing Needs You

Are you one of the 60 percent of young Americans who regularly play video games?[1] Ever consider making a career out of your hobby? Professional gamer is probably the first job title you thought of, right? With only about 2,000 pro gamers in the world, getting paid to play is about as tough as making […]

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Wiring the World: Where You Could Work as an Electrician

Modern life wouldn’t be possible without electricity. It keeps the lights on, the A/C and heat working, and powers the T.V. on game day.[1] Electricians are just as important. They install, maintain and repair the electrical wiring that powers lighting, control and communications systems in businesses, factories and homes.[2] Work for electricians can be found […]

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Are Trade Schools Worth It? Here Are the Benefits

After years of parents and guidance counselors pushing young people toward universities, the nation is experiencing a shift in values. Trade school has taken the spotlight from 4-year colleges as the path to a good career. Whereas 10 years ago honors students set their sights on Ivy League schools, today many of these bright, young […]

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