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Old 05-23-2019, 09:39 PM
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What ever happened to Trades and Vocational Training?

What ever happened to Skilled Laborers; to people who learned a trade, and developed dexterities through coursework learning and On-The-Job-Training (OJT)?

Today's society has FAILED to impress young people as to the need and importance of trades and skilled labor. Far and few are the young persons today whom are interested in learning a trade which, may be a bit demanding but, for the most, pays extremely well.

Fact is, a gamut of us Old Timers whom are close to retirement are not seeing a line of persons eager to do our jobs. This is happening, not only my line of work (i.e., Power Plant Operations). It is happening within several Industrial Trades. I hear it from Heavy Equipment Operators, Insulators, Industrial Mechanics, Millwrights, Boilermakers, High Pressure Welders, Linemen, High Voltage Electricians, etc..

In most cases, what I and others are witnessing is that, because the US has failed to emphasize trades as a viable career option to young people, people from outside the USA are filling trades and skilled labor jobs.

Most of these trades pay very well. The coursework normally lasts less than 4 years. This equates to an affordable education which will not put you in debt for decades.

Your thoughts.

Old 05-23-2019, 10:13 PM
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Apprenticeships are hard to get, tons of competition.
Old 05-23-2019, 10:20 PM
Location: League City
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Training for the trades is flourishing in the community colleges in my area. Welding, machining, truck driving, pipe-fitting, etc. All are doing well. Fewer colleges offer electrician training, but it's still easy to find. I have heard stories of people at my age (past 40) going back to learn a trade because their old career has dried up. And the trades give you a good shot at a good job.
Old 05-23-2019, 11:03 PM
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Who here works in "the Trades"

How consistent is the work for construction trades really

I have a college degree and a job. Am I crazy for considering the trades?

I think blue collar work is unappreciated
Old 05-23-2019, 11:28 PM
Location: NW Indiana
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Duplicate topic. Thread closed.
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