Explore The Trades is here to bridge the technical talent gap in the skilled trades of
plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical.

As someone who is helping a young adult choose a career path after high school, you probably have a few questions about these industries. We have the information and industry insight to assist in post-high school career exploration.

STEM and the Skilled Trades

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are the essential building blocks of careers that cross industries and impact our daily lives in different ways. STEM is the foundation of technical careers that propels our future workforce forward to stability, career growth opportunities and success. STEM is the skilled trades of plumbing, heating, and cooling (HVAC) and electrical.

STEM in the Skilled Trades – Plumbing (2:26)

STEM in the Skilled Trades – HVAC (2:36)

STEM in the Skilled Trades – Electrical (2:59)

Ready, Set, Skilled

The concern of lagging school budgets for trades education and a lack of interactive curriculum has existed for a long time. When a global pandemic is added to the mix, it becomes a perfect storm for technical education. Explore The Trades is committed to strengthening trades education when the education can’t happen in brick and mortar classrooms.


In an exclusive partnership with NexTech Academy, pre-apprenticeship content for plumbing, HVAC and electrical will be made available to instructors of grades 9-12 throughout the U.S. and Canada. With this initiative, students will have access to interactive, industry-leading training to prepare them for a career in the trades following high school. To take a closer look at the curriculum, try out the demo using the credentials below.
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