“Wrench jockey” is a somewhat insulting term sometimes used to describe a trade worker. These days, the terminology is not only unkind but off the mark. Sure, wrenches, screwdrivers and other manual tools are still essential components of a toolbox, but the tools of the skilled trades are...

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Thank you to everyone who supported Explore The Trades in 2021! We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the help of our incredible donors. Over $250,000 was raised to provide 29,000 people with resources that will help them begin their careers in the plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical...

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Too much of the general public does not hold trade workers in high esteem. It’s a major reason why so many young people resist entering the trades. The main reason why so many people harbor negative feelings about trade workers is because of bad experiences dealing with some. Too many home owners have...

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As your child begins thinking about their future, odds are they’re starting to make decisions about their career path. Attending a four-year university after high school isn’t the only option your child has. There’s a considerable need for a skilled labor force, and a four-year degree is not the...

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The number of high school graduates that enroll in college continues to drop. Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that in 2021 around 17.5 million students were enrolled in two- or four-year colleges and universities, a 3.2% decline from 2020 and the largest two-year decline...

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In my last blog, I cited a survey showing 83% of trade workers expressed satisfaction with their work. It reminded me of conversations I had with one of them. Before Covid put an end to such fun, I used to gather with several friends to form a team for a weekly Trivial Night contest at […]

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Thank you to everyone who attended the “Passion & Partnership” fundraising event! Together, over $20,000 was raised to bridge the technical talent gap to the trades of plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical. The event featured a panel of residential service providers: Geno Caccia, CEO of Caccia...

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An annual survey released in September found that 83% of skilled trade workers expressed satisfaction with their choice of work. This stands in contrast with numerous other studies that show workers in many other fields discontented with their jobs, a long-term trend that has been aggravated by the Covid...

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Ferguson announces partnership with Explore the Trades to provide support to career and technical education high schools across the U.S. Two organizations came together to create Explore The Trades Skills Lab Built by Ferguson Ferguson and Explore The Trades, a nonprofit organization with a mission to...

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