Your Support of the Trades Starts Here on Giving Tuesday!

Donate today to support our #TradesTuesday campaign!

The trades are a legacy industry – they’re timeless. At Explore The Trades, we’re carrying on this legacy to bridge the technical talent gap to the trades
of plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical.

Your support matters. Your donation fuels hands-on training and resources
that are instrumental in creating the next generation of tradespeople. Join us
in inspiring the men and women whose service is essential to our

America is facing a skilled labor crisis. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
reports the trades of plumbing, HVAC, and electrical are expected, on
average, to grow nine percent by 2028. Compounding effects of the shortage include those retiring from the trades without
younger workers to take their place. With the narrative that college is the best pathway for all students, vocational education
has rapidly decreased and caused a gap in those pursuing the skilled trades.

How does Explore The Trades bridge the information gap?

Sending a total of over 2,000 poster kits to over 1,600 classrooms across North America. Over 385,000 students have been introduced to the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical trades so far since 2021!

Implementing the "More Than An Elective" partnership program with over 150 education partners.

"Explore The Trades Skills Labs, Built by Ferguson" initiative builds plumbing and HVAC skills labs in middle schools and high schools across the country. Since 2021, over 1,100 students at 14 schools throughout the United States have started their trades education through the Skills Lab initiative. This initiative is accepting applications for its third year - click here for more details.

Support the Trades Today!

A gift of $10 provides a poster kit to a classroom impacting 237 students per year.

A gift of $50 provides a “More Than An Elective” classroom kit impacting 554 students per year.

A gift of $100 helps Explore The Trades create video content and host webinars
for educators and school counselor to bring the skilled trades conversation back
into the classroom.