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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A common theme addressed in this blog is the nationwide shortage of skilled trade workers and the opportunities that spring from it for people who do opt for a career in the trades. Hardly a week passes when I don’t come across some startling information about this shortage. For instance, buried within...

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I want to keep this blog family-friendly, so I won’t spell out what B.S. stands for. Anyway, it’s unnecessary since you all know what it means. (No, I’m not referring to a Bachelor of Science college degree.) The ability to detect B.S. is one of the handiest skills to have as you go through life....

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