The Tools to Succeed: Fueling the Trades Workforce Through Philanthropy

The skilled trades workforce needs a major boost. Newcomers have been far outpaced by retirees for some time and the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC industries are nearing a breaking point. There is a massive need for fresh faces to enter trade programs and join the skilled trades.

There are several ways in which philanthropy can help feed the pipeline of workers into the skilled trades. Here are a few ways in which you can help.

Outreach and Recruitment

The first place to start is to get the word out. Let young people and those dissatisfied with their current careers know that there is opportunity waiting for them in the trades. This can take on many different forms: social media, classroom resources, and in-person job fairs all play a role in bringing young people into the trades. By supporting these outreach efforts, you are helping business owners connect directly with their next generation of workers.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

As with any other type of post-secondary education, trade school and training can be cost-prohibitive to some prospective students. While it is much more affordable than a four-year degree, students will still owe some amount in tuition. Establishing scholarship funds and financial aid for trade school students ensures that all students have access to the opportunities within the trades.

Infrastructure and Equipment

While supporting students as they prepare for their future, efforts can be made to ensure that they have access to state-of-the-art equipment with which to learn and practice their trade. Support trade schools in your area by donating or volunteering so that they can offer the best possible educational experience.

Supporting Underrepresented Communities

Historically, women have only made up a small minority of tradespeople. This is just one example of segments of the population that can be targeted through outreach to bring them into the fold. The workforce is stronger when it is diverse and now is an excellent opportunity to reverse the decades-long trend of underrepresentation.

Development and Retention

Once workers are out in the field, it is important to make sure that they are fulfilled in their role. Philanthropic efforts geared toward ongoing career development and employee retention not only helps business owners remain fully staffed but also keeps young people in the trades for the long haul.

Help the Trades Succeed

Explore The Trades is solely dedicated to the future of the trades. With resources for young people, educators, and those looking to make a career change – we offer the support people need to launch their skilled trades career. Please consider a donation and help us continue our mission of support for these critical industries.