Trades Talk – May 2024

Trades Talk – May 2024

May 2024


Recipients of the “Explore The Trades Skills Lab, Built by Ferguson” Grants Announced
12 Schools to Receive Support to Create and Update Plumbing & HVAC Labs

The “Explore The Trades Skills Lab, Built by Ferguson” equipment grants were announced on May 1, 2024, in celebration of National Skilled Trades Day.

Twelve schools are the newest recipients of the Skills Lab equipment grants, which are projected to reach over 1,000 students this upcoming school year. This dynamic program has experienced rapid growth since it began in 2021 and has now delivered plumbing and HVAC equipment to 26 schools and over 2,000 students nationwide.

Congratulations to the following recipients!

  • Appomattox County High School – HVAC (Virginia)
  • Bemidji High School – HVAC (Minnesota)
  • Callaway High School – HVAC (Georgia)
  • Ivy Academy – HVAC (Tennessee)
  • Lebanon County Career and Technology Center – Plumbing (Pennsylvania)
  • Mayfair Elementary and Middle School – Plumbing (Pennsylvania)
  • Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center – HVAC (Missouri)
  • Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation – HVAC (Missouri)
  • Saginaw Career Complex – HVAC (Michigan)
  • Thomas J. Corcoran High School – HVAC (New York)
  • Woodruff Career and Technical Center – HVAC (Illinois)

Learn more about Skills Lab initiative at the link below!

(L to R) Photo courtesy of Callaway High School; photo courtesy of Lebanon County Career and Technology Center.

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Explore The Trades Receives $2,500 Gift from Powerhouse Consulting Group

Explore The Trades is proud to announce a new partnership with Powerhouse Consulting Group, a women-owned company of industry leading software consulting experts, as a Skilled Trades Supporter sponsor!

With support from industry leaders like Powerhouse Consulting Group, Explore The Trades is able to provide on-demand classroom education and career information to help build the skilled workforce of the future.

To learn more about Powerhouse Consulting Group, follow the link below.

Did You Know…

The demand for skilled tradespeople continues to grow across the country.

According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data, employment of electricians is projected to grow 6% from 2022-2032.

Explore The Trades is working to bridge that technical talent gap to the plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical trades, and we can’t do it without YOU!

Learn more about the skilled labor gap at the link below.

Visit Explore The Trades at SkillsUSA!

Explore The Trades will be attending the National Leadership and Skills Conference TECHSPO in Atlanta, GA from June 25-27, 2024.

If you’re planning to attend the conference, we look forward to seeing you there! Stop by Booth #119 in Hall A to check out NEW classroom resources to share with your students about the trades.

Click the link below for more information about SkillsUSA.


Gifts to Explore The Trades provide a foundational knowledge of the plumbing, HVAC, and electrical trades – and why they’re important to our country.

  • $10 provides one poster kit to a school and impacts 240 students.
  • $50 provides one “More Than an Elective” classroom kit to a school counselor

Thank you for supporting the next generation of technical talent.

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