Skilled trade professionals have a deep, proud history in the U.S, serving as the engine that has built our country’s infrastructure and economy. And today, this need is as critical as ever, with demand for additional housing, alternative energy, new means of transportation, and a rapidly expanding digital infrastructure that has been the basis for remote work during the recent pandemic.
Yet, there is currently an acute need for these valued workers.
The 2022 Makers Index survey conducted by Stanley Black & Decker, which delved into the reasons for the skilled trade shortage, revealed that 85% of young people and 94% of parents value a skilled trade career; however, only 16% of young people are very likely to consider such a career. Despite skilled trade work being highly respected among high school students, only 28% are headed to a community college, trade program, or apprenticeship, and even fewer expect to go directly to a full-time job.
Former Pittsburgh Steeler John “The Builder” Malecki, who's found a new passion outside of football - building - discusses opportunities and benefits of a career in skilled trades.