Trades Talk – October 2022

Trades Talk – October 2022

by Explore the Trades | October 18, 2022 | Blog Trades Talk - Newsletters | 0 Comments

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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
  • FREE Webinar: Getting to Know the Skilled Trades

Explore The Trades Happy Hour Fundraiser a Success!

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Thank you to everyone who attended the Explore The Trades Happy Hour Fundraiser at Super Meeting 2022! 


Explore The Trades keeps a calendar of professional plumbing, HVAC, and electrician events across the country that can help you learn more and hone your skill set. This event was a Texas-sized success with the support of both individuals and our corporate sponsors. 


Our individual donors generously gave over $20,000 and our corporate sponsors gave $35,000 to bridge the technical talent gap to the service trades of plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical.


The event featured a panel of Skills Lab industry and education partners from Pat Plumbing, Heating & Air, Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric and Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center.


A special thank you to Ferguson for their continued partnership in the “Explore The Trades Skills Lab, Built by Ferguson” initiative.


Learn more about the event at the link below.

Special Thank You to Our Event Sponsors & Donors!


"Explore The Trades Skills Lab, Built by Ferguson"
Apply Now for 2023

Explore The Trades and Ferguson Enterprises were thrilled to see three brand new skills labs come together during the pilot year of our skills lab program last year, and we’re excited to see this initiative continuing in 2022-2023!


Do YOU want to bring a plumbing or HVAC skills lab to a school in your community? Pass this information along to a school near you!


Updates to the program this year include resources allocated for both new skills labs AND refurbishments to existing training spaces. Also, both middle and high schools are eligible to apply.


Applications will be open from October 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023.


More information about the program can be found at the link below.


FREE Webinar: Getting to Know the Skilled Trades 

Join Explore The Trades for a webinar on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.


Specifically designed for teachers and school counselors, this webinar will provide information and tools you can share with students, parents, and guardians.

  • Building Blocks: Identifying helpful high school classes
  • Personality: Identifying successful traits for a technician
  • Apprenticeships: What are they and how to find one
  • Licensing: Journeyman & Master levels
  • Industry: Job demand, career growth and wages
  • And much more!

Learn more at the link below.

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Explore The Trades has earned the Guidestar Silver Transparency Seal for 2021 and is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity; EIN 20-3547319.