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America’s Skilled Trades

As reported by Axios on April 14th, “America’s skilled trades from plumbing to welding to construction need more workers as boomers retire.”  Enrollment in vocational programs and applications for trade jobs are ticking up as younger people look to start their careers without the sky-high cost of a four-year college degree.  Per the Wall Street Journal, “vocational training programs are seeing student numbers rise as enrollment falls at four-year and community colleges.” The construction industry alone faces a shortage of a half million workers; however, with a shift underway as fewer young people enter universities and more get technical training it could close this gap.