The decision to learn a skilled trade is the right one for many. Not only are they helping to fill a major gap in our workforce, but they are setting their lives up for success in more ways than one:
They Can See Financial Success From the Beginning
Skilled trades provide individuals with the opportunity to begin earning right away. Not only are students smart for choosing a career that will pay them a competitive wage as they learn their trade, they will take on less debt than their classmates who go to a university to prepare for their career.
They Can Enjoy Guaranteed Opportunities
Students can look forward to job security for years to come. The labor gap plaguing the construction industry is still wide. A recent survey by the National Association of Business Economics (NABE) found that about half of respondents reported a skilled labor shortage in the third quarter of 2021. Some of the top skilled trades facing labor shortages include:
- HVAC specialists
They Can Expect Higher Job Satisfaction
Students setting out on a skilled trades path can feel confident knowing that they are following their passion. By trusting their instincts, students that are choosing to learn a skilled trade are sure to find greater success and overall job satisfaction. In fact, Angi Research and Economics found that 83% of tradespeople report being somewhat or extremely satisfied with their line of work.
Choosing a career in construction is a reason to celebrate. Let’s all shine a light on students setting out on a skilled trades journey this month. We encourage you to take the time to honor their commitment to their chosen career through thoughtful letters, celebratory parties and more. Their decision will positively impact them and our communities for years to come.