How much in student loans and tools do these candidates need to apply for these opportunities? Nada! As a matter of fact, most of the above employers offer: sign-on bonus, retirement plans and the opportunity to make upwards of $80,000 within a few years.
In the near future, if nothing changes with the choke collar DPRs have, this will be “Dog bites man”.
I advise your communities to network. Devise a business plan to submit to insurance companies to ratchet up their rates, whereby they either:
a. Pay you more so you can afford to pay your invaluable craftsmen above ALICE
b. OR co-op with community colleges/tech schools to form an apprentice program with you
c. OR BOTH!
Start talking to other owners of shops today! Otherwise, if we all lack the courage to administer such a solution, this will add up to a “crash-out” almost as dramatic as Brexit. Quality body men and painters will be a thing of the past like beta vs. VHS.