Many of us have been sold a dream – you must go to college or university in order to land a good job. The white-collar vs blue-collar job debate got to a point where skilled tradesmen were looked down upon for having a blue-collar job and either learning on the job or at a trade school instead of attending a college or university.
This white-collar delusion has done nothing but put students in hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of debt, to try and gain access to a job market filled with thousands of other hopefuls who share the same “dream”.
With thousands of students attempting to join the corporate world, there is a shortage around the globe for skilled tradesmen. At present, nearly one-third of skilled tradesmen in America is part of the baby boomer generation. It is predicted by 2030, when all the baby boomers have retired, there will be a massive shortage of skilled tradesmen.
To put it into perspective, approximately one-third of the 77 million baby boomers are tradesmen. That means there will be approximately 25 million vacancies in America by 2030. At present, there is already an approximate 3 million vacant trade positions in the United States alone[i]. The numbers are astounding but that shows that soon enough there will be an even greater need for skilled tradesmen than there is for corporate employees.
One of the main benefits of working within the trade industry is the constant job security offered by your profession. Studies have shown that certain trades such as plumbers and electricians can see an approximate 13% rise in employment growth in the next 15 years.
There will always be a need for skilled electricians, plumbers, and HVAC technicians. However, finding the company that suits you as a tradesman is no easy task. The team at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric have got you covered! Our employees are like family to us and we make sure to take care of each and every one. As a tradesman at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric you’ll not only receive a comprehensive benefit plan but also work in an environment that encourages both personal and professional growth.
The best part of working for a business that has a family-focused culture is that we understand the importance of spending time with loved ones. Our tradesmen are given a healthy work-life balance and are never forced to choose between earning a wage and spending quality time with their family.
One of the best aspects of learning to be a skilled tradesman is that you don’t start your career with a mountain of student debt. You can apply for apprenticeships which enable you to earn a living wage while you are learning your chosen trade skill. This means that while you work as a plumber, HVAC technician or electrician – you will be paid.
At Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric you will also make use of online classes and you will be given on-the-job training in order to help you advance in your chosen trade career. Remember that while you can learn at your own pace, you will need to complete your coursework in order to hone your skills.
Just because you completed your apprenticeship doesn’t mean that you stop learning. You’ll continue developing your skills within your chosen trade in order to become a journeyman or even a lead technician. The choice is yours. There are also opportunities for you to learn other trades in the same way that some college kids take economics and finance, there is nothing stopping you from learning about plumbing if your main focus was to be an electrician.
The opportunities that Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric offers our tradesmen are endless. We believe in continuous personal and professional development for our tradesmen.
No matter how qualified you are, you should never stop learning. Professional tradesmen can obtain extra certifications to become a specialist in certain areas of their trade. It is important that you stay up to date on new trade innovations to ensure that your knowledge stays current. Professional tradesmen are also asked to mentor and oversee novice and intermediate tradesmen in order to guide them on their journey to being the best.
When it comes to making the best decision for your career, choose a company that will choose you. Your level of experience does not matter, as long as you’re willing to continue growing personally and professionally. Don’t hesitate to join our team to ensure that your future is brighter than ever.
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