Closing the Gap in the Construction Trades

The construction skilled trades are facing serious labor shortages. In many cases, there are more job openings than there are eligible workers to fill them!

What is causing this gap? Young people are, simply, not aware of the career opportunities available in the skilled trades. Instead, high school students are encouraged to go to college or else they will end up without a job. For those in the skilled trades, we know that is not the case. Trade schools and community colleges need to be thought of in the same way. They are all resources for students to gain knowledge and experience that will help them in his/her careers. The only difference is time and money spent. Programs at trade schools often take less than four years to complete and tend to cost less than a traditional 4-year university. 

Construction Trades Myths:

1. The trades are best suited for students who don’t do well in school.

2. Salaries are low in the construction trades. 
As Kevin O’Leary, Star of ABC’s “Shark Tank” and business mogul, noted in a recent interview with CNBC Make It, “You can get rich going to trade school”. According to Forbes, there are 44.7 million U.S. borrowers with student debt, with the amount owed averaging $28,650. This totals out to $1.5 trillion owed in student loan debts in the U.S.

Median Construction Trades Salaries:
- Electrician $54,110
- Structural Iron and Steelworker $52,610
- Plumber $52,590
- Sheet Metal Worker $47,990
- Carpenter $45,170
- Insulation Contractor $39,930
Median salaries gathered from US News.

3. All jobs in the construction trades are physically demanding and dangerous.
Safety is the number one priority for all construction companies. There are plenty of rules and regulations in place to protect employees and ensure that each job is a safe working environment.

4. There are years of training before you can even start working.
Many programs in the construction industry, allow students to “earn while they learn”.

How our clients are closing the gap:
- Participation in college and career fairs at local high schools and trade schools
- Development of scholarship programs, apprenticeships opportunities and online learning
- Partnerships with local community organizations
- Partnerships with local politicians, who are working toward building awareness for the skilled trades
- Events and committees for young people or those new to the industry

Association Development Services
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