As we look forward to the start of a new year, it’s clear that Ohio will continue to be a top supporter of skilled tradesmen and women.
Our businesses prioritize skilled trades:
National Skilled Trades Day was conceived in our home state by City Machines Technologies, Inc. (CMT). This family-owned and operated, Youngstown-based repair shop led the initiative to add this national day to the Registrar National Day Calendar in 2019.
Thanks to their efforts, the first Wednesday of every May is dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness about the importance of those who work in the skilled trades.
Our state leaders support skilled trades:
U.S. Congressional Representative Anthony Gonzalez introduced H.R. 3497, The Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act.
The JOBS Act brings federal focus to technical school training. This critical financial support will help encourage students to look into other avenues outside of the four-year college path. With increased awareness, more young Ohioans will tap into their potential as skilled tradesmen and women through valuable technical training.
As a reader of our blog, you already know the importance of skilled trades. The great work of skilled tradesmen and women keeps our communities running smoothly. Without them, our schools, hospitals, businesses, and homes wouldn’t be the safe, enjoyable spaces we know and love. And while we all appreciate the value that the industry brings to us individual Ohioans, the question is, what can you do to help Ohio stay a leader in skilled trades?
Leaders, Educators, and Guidance Counselors in Schools:
- Add classes that inspire skilled trades to your curriculum. For example, offer shop classes for older students or plan hands-on projects for younger students.
- Give positive reinforcement to students’ interests, letting their strengths direct your guidance, rather than the typical undergrad path.
Construction Industry Professionals:
- Share the ins and outs about your trade, whether in one-on-one discussions or on social media.
- Get the word out about the need for skilled trades workers and the benefits of learning a trade by connecting with the local media. Contact your area radio, television stations, and newspapers.
No matter who you are or what you do, collaboration is key to keeping Ohio as a leader in skilled trades.
- We recommend schools coordinate with area businesses to schedule a field trip to a construction site or small business. This is perfect for younger students who may not be aware of the careers in their own community.
- Career and technical centers can create an immersive open house experience and invite businesses to join career and job fairs. Together, you will show your school culture as well as the opportunities available after graduation.
- Provide volunteer opportunities for young people that have them practice skilled trades, like Habitat for Humanity.
Even if you aren’t an educator or an active member of the industry, we can all come together for the sake of skilled trades. Teach your younger family members that skilled trades are a great option. Even though they are currently considered an alternative route, opportunity abounds. From our biggest cities to our smallest communities, employers everywhere are looking for skilled trade professionals to fill the ongoing labor gap.
Let’s keep Ohioans focused on the value of skilled trades. Skilled tradesmen and women will be the ones who will keep our communities moving forward throughout the new year and beyond.