Contributing to a Younger Generation of Skilled Trades Professionals
Careers in the skilled trades industry are more vital now than ever. Often times, students approaching high school graduation have a sole focus on attending higher education and working towards a 4-year degree. What many don’t realize before choosing a direction to go after high school are the opportunities that skilled trades careers have to offer. As advocates for the skilled trades industry, we feel it’s important ensure that skilled trades are on the table for post-graduation opportunities.
Our initiative to encourage younger generations to consider the trades is enacted through our scholarship opportunities, job shadow programs, and donations of resources. Contributing resources to various grade schools allows students to gain valuable trades experience from a young age. The goal of our initiative is to open doors for students looking to pursue the skilled trades industry as early as possible to allow them time to learn and consider the trades as a career path after graduation.
In September, our association donated tools to be used in the wood-working program at Kasson-Mantorville Middle School. We’ve worked alongside Kasson-Mantorville to foster trades industry experience and interest for years, forming meaningful relationships with both students and staff. By contributing tools, we are allowing students opportunities to find a skill or hobby that they enjoy, that can carry on as a career for years to come.
Members of Rochester Area Builders are encouraged to connect with students, parents, and schools regularly to offer information and intrigue around the skilled trades industry. If you are interested in hosting a virtual job shadow, or know someone who’s looking to participate, please reach out to John Eischen, Rebekah Nielsen Fierst, or Alissa Moe.