Explore The Trades has the back-to-school tools to support the next generation of tradespeople!

Explore The Trades engages those vital to the future of the skilled trades workforce: students, parents and educators. As a partner to both education and industry, we are dedicated to bridging the technical talent gap in the service trades of plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical by providing on-demand educational resources to schools across the country.

Explore The Trades needs your support to bring the skilled trades conversation back into the classroom to create the tradespeople of tomorrow.

Check out the classroom resources below to get your students ready for a career in the trades!

Photo courtesy of Western School of Technology, a 2022-23 Skills Lab school recipient.

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The plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical trades build our communities.
Join Explore The Trades as we help build the next generation of tradespeople.

Our monthly donors:

Support trades education in communities throughout the country

Represent thriving home service companies who believe in the power of philanthropy

Serve as industry partners to many school districts across the nation to help build the skilled workforce of the future

Have a passion for the trades and the legacy they represent

Your annual impact of just $10 a month:

Provides 12 poster kits to schools across the country.

Educates 3,000 students annually who represent our future skilled workforce!

So far in 2024, over 280 schools in 39 states and two Canadian provinces have received 547 poster kits, reaching over 150,000 students!

How is Explore The Trades working to create the next generation of tradespeople?

Over 3,000 poster kits have been delivered to over 2,000 elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms across North America. Since 2021, over 500,000 students have been introduced to the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical trades!

Since 2023, the "More Than an Elective" partnership program has established over 180 education partners at over 170 schools throughout the country.

The "Explore The Trades Skills Lab, Built by Ferguson" program helps to build or refurbish plumbing and HVAC skills labs in middle schools and high schools across the country. Since 2021, over 2,000 students at 26 schools throughout the United States have started their trades education through this program. Click here for more details.


Explore The Trades is adding MORE tools to the skilled trades school supply list! We have NEW downloadable Spanish-translated posters and kids’ poster series coming soon!