Millennials (Still) Don’t Want the Trades. Here’s Why & What Needs To Happen…

  • Leader
    August 28, 2023 5:24 PM PDT
    There is a huge shortage in the US of people going into a trade or they have been in a trade for a very long time and of retirement age. A person in the trades is the most honorable type of work and is so needed. There are too many shortages and misconceptions of the trades, such as HVAC, Electricians, Plumber's, Construction, various Technical trades, Auto Mechanics and more. If you have a trade, you will never-ever be out of work. You will always thrive and your hourly wage or salary will always be secure along with many benefits in most circumstances. I'd like to see more people getting back in to the trades. Without you, nothing works, nothing gets fixed, when stuff breaks, some people try to fix what's broken but often take unnecessary risks because they don't have the safety foundation.

    Here's an article suggesting some of the challenges of getting people back in to the trades.

    Now apply this to the trades. Doing electrical work all day, crawling up in hot attics, isn’t super attractive. Framing a house in 90-degree weather is work. Construction is tiring and challenging. But many contractors and small business owners will tell you: they love what they do. Is it hard work? Heck yeah. Is it frustrating at times? You bet. Do they ever “work a day in their lives”? Yep. Every day of their lives. But there’s fulfillment in it.

    You’re providing real services to solve real pains that people have. You’re keeping their house (and family) warm. You’re making it so they have clean running water. You’re building a home where they’ll raise a family for the next 25 years. You’re building the roads they’ll take to work for the rest of their lives. You’re literally building the physical world people inhabit.