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Stanley Black & Decker 2022 Makers Index: What's Keeping Young People from the Skilled Trades?

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Skilled laborers and tradespeople have a deep, profound history in the U.S., serving as the engine that has built our country's infrastructure and economy, dating back to the very founding of this country. In fact, even George Washington served an apprenticeship to become a land surveyor.

Today, this need is as critical as ever, with demand for additional housing, alternative energy, new means of transportation, and a rapidly expanding digital infrastructure that has been the basis for remote work during the pandemic.

Drilling Into the Skilled Trades Shortage: Stanley Black & Decker's Inaugural Makers Index Reveals Few Students Likely to Consider a Career in the Trades; Outdated Perceptions Key Drivers

Summary: 
  • Most students think skilled trades are a good career option, but just 16% are very likely to consider it
  • Young people underestimate the income potential for a skilled trade career; however, half of current skilled trade workers with less than 10 years' experience earned at least $50,000 to start
  • Most young people have outdated perceptions of the trades; 89% of workers said they work with cutting-edge technology and 94% say that their jobs are high in demand
  • Fifty-eight percent of young people have never talked meaningfully to a skilled trades professional about career opportunities
  • Stanley Black & Decker convenes panel to discuss the state of the trades 
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  • Most students think skilled trades are a good career option, but just 16% are very likely to consider it
  • Young people underestimate the income potential for a skilled trade career; however, half of current skilled trade workers with less than 10 years' experience earned at least $50,000 to start
  • Most young people have outdated perceptions of the trades; 89% of workers said they work with cutting-edge technology and 94% say that their jobs are high in demand
  • Fifty-eight percent of young people have never talked meaningfully to a skilled trades professional about career opportunities
  • Stanley Black & Decker convenes panel to discuss the state of the trades 
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