Monday, 27 August 2018 21:46

SkillsUSA Introduces Students to Skilled Trades

Written by Jordan Scott, glassBYTEs.com



As the labor shortage continues to hinder hiring for many companies across the U.S., including auto glass, employers are looking at ways to increase interest and knowledge of skilled trades in schools.


WorkingNation, a national nonprofit campaign, has released a mini-documentary called “Building a Strong Foundation: SkillsUSA Prepares the American Workforce.” It focuses on how SkillsUSA, a career and technical student organization, is working to ensure that the U.S. has a skilled workforce through its SkillsUSA TeamWorks competition.


The five-minute documentary follows 20-year-old Logan Thomas and others as they learn and practice in-demand trade skills as part of the competition. SkillsUSA has partnered with education and industry leaders to equip more than 13 million people with the skills and experience necessary to become competitively employed in highly technical trade and service jobs.


“I think programs that go into schools to educate young people about skilled labor careers are a wonderful idea. If you can recruit a person that is just starting in the workforce then you have the opportunity to teach them the correct way to install auto glass,” said Sandra Smiley-Carrique, Smiley’s Glass shop owner.


“We have a job to do with parents. We have a job to do with counselors. We have a job to do with the general public and even the news media to inform people that these job exist,” said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence in the video. “They’re well-paid, they’ll support your family and your community, and they’re technical.”


Congress recently passed a bill into law that will boost career and technical education in schools by easing state and local requirements. SkillsUSA is just one program available for students to become connected with the skills trades. One aim of the documentary is to show employers that schools can be a viable resource for the skilled workers currently missing in the job market.


Wes Crowley, general manager of Gerber Collision and Glass in College Park, MD, supports the idea of auto glass companies reaching out to schools.

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