Speaking Out: Filling the Skills Gap for the Technical Trades

The author believes folks must rethink careers in the technical trades if America is going to build a skilled workforce in the construction field.

The skills gap is real, and Americans still haven’t seen the worst of it. According to SkillsUSA, a national organization that provides career and technical education to more than 360,000 high school and college students, 5.6 million unfilled skilled jobs exist today — 75% of which don’t require a four-year degree. That’s more than 4 million open U.S. jobs that don’t require a college education.

On top of the staggering number of job openings in the trade

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