Teens Need to Know They Can Make Money in Trade Careers

Trade School Shop ClassA mother recently shared on Family Circle that, “High-paying jobs are available for students who choose trade school or vocational or technical education instead of bachelor’s degree programs.”

She writes about how her son, who is 15 years old and junior in high school. He is considering a trade like plumbing as he sees his father’s company having a hard time finding good workers. So, he sees the potential of steady income without the burden of cost for a degree.

But that applies to many manufacturing jobs as well. U.S. manufacturers struggle to find enough workers for the skills that are needed today. Skills that kids might actually love, like programming and building things with your hands.

There are currently 500,000 open jobs today and NAM predicts $4.8 million manufacturing jobs will be needed in the coming decade. So there is plenty of opportunities to learn a trade.

We found a guy named Titan Gilroy who has a CNC machining academy online for free. He’s an inspiration to the youth. Check out his video from Manufacturing Day last year where a group of students came in to learn about machining parts for rockets. He also gave an empowering speech about hiring the youth and training the future in front of a Lockhead Martin & Boeing executives audience.

Ameri-Force shows a lot of openings for different companies across the country. This includes machinists, welders, and pipe fitters. From their website, “By providing some of the highest wages and best benefits available it’s no wonder our average team member remains with Ameri-Force for 10 years or more. The goal at Ameri-Force is to be your employer for life. Our recruiting team works hand-in-hand with you to provide assignments which increase your skill level and add to your job experience in order to advance and maintain your career.”

If you don’t have these skills yet, connect with your local trades school. Workshop for Warriors helps veterans with Advanced Manufacturing training.

Workshops for Warriors® is rebuilding American manufacturing, one veteran at a time.

“We are a State-licensed, board governed, fully audited, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit school founded in 2008. The mission of Workshops for Warriors is to provide quality training, accredited STEM educational programs, and opportunities to earn third party nationally recognized credentials to enable veterans, transitioning service members, and other students to be successfully trained and placed in their chosen advanced manufacturing career field.”

Made In America 2020 in Detroit will be showcasing American Manufacturers from across the country. Join others on display sharing what is Made in the USA today.

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