The National Kitchen and Bath Association announced it’s “Trade Up” initiative which is designed to inspire students to pursue careers in design, construction and manufacturing. The demand for jobs within these fields has increase tremendously with an estimated three million positions that remain unfilled. This gap directly impacts the kitchen and bath industry causing longer completion times and an increase in costs for everyone, including homeowners. To address this issue three initiatives have been put in place to encourage young students to follow this lucrative career path.
The three programs are: The Generation Next campaign from This Old House Ventures on behalf of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s Work Ethic Scholarship Program, the ACE Mentor Program of America and the Skilled Labor Fund from the SGC Horizon Building Group.
This Old House Ventures Generation Next Initiative is a campaign designed to encourage and empower young people to join skilled trades. Generation Next will support the funding of scholarships for students pursuing careers as carpenters, electricians, roofers, masons and plumbers.
The Ace Mentor Program of America has approximately 3,800 ACE volunteer professionals that serve as mentors, providing services annually valued at $10 million. The program also provides scholarship money to students with related majors or enrolled in skilled-craft training programs.
The skilled labor fund is a new initiative established in 2016 which intends to focus on the residential construction field with an initial fundraising goal of $5 million solicited from building-product manufacturers, home builders, remodelers, trade groups, government agencies and other companies affiliated with the housing industry.
With a high demand in the industry, these three initiatives will help propel the lucrative market and encourage students on a successful career path.