I’m submitting this article on Nov. 15, the second day of what’s been declared the 8th Annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), November 14-20, 2022. If it’s not marked on your calendar, you’re hardly alone. I didn’t learn about it until a few days before, when I found out First Lady Jill...

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At Explore The Trades, we’re passionate about plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical, and bridging the technical talent gap in these trades. In This Issue: Don’t Miss Our FREE Webinar: Getting to Know the Skilled Trades Visit Explore The Trades at the Woman in HVACR Conference in Phoenix,...

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Most trade workers get paid an hourly wage, although some service workers get paid on a commission basis depending on the value of jobs they finish. Rates vary in different parts of the country, generally in line with a regional cost of living, but for the purposes of illustration, let’s take an average...

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One of the biggest moments in a student’s life is when they graduate high school. This event kicks off the start of a new era, where opportunities are endless and you can choose your career path. Many students go through high school preparing for college, and many high schools and institutions intentionally...

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Have you always been fascinated with how things work and fixing them when they stop working? Some people are born mechanics, and it’s a shame that too often they are discouraged from pursuing the kind of work they love. This realization hit me many years ago when I was an instructor at the University...

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For many high school students, figuring out what the next step after graduation is can be challenging. Traditionally, going to a four-year college has been seen as the default option for students. Whether they are looking to get their undergraduate degree or going further towards master’s or doctorate,...

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At Explore The Trades, we’re passionate about plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical, and bridging the technical talent gap to these trades. In This Issue: Explore The Trades Happy Hour Fundraiser a Success! “Explore The Trades Skills Lab, Built by Ferguson”  Apply Now for 2023...

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Recent years have seen the emergence of a work-from-home trend in the white-collar world, driven by the Covid epidemic and the need for social distancing. Even though most restrictions have been lifted, many businesses are still allowing various office staff to continue working from home. Recently I...

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This blog frequently has drawn attention to the severe shortage of skilled trade labor in the country. It is hampering construction to the point that $1 trillion worth of planned spending on infrastructure projects is slow to take hold simply because contractors can’t find enough workers to staff all...

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