The last 20 years, a disturbing trend has appeared in the American workforce: we have begun to run out of skilled tradesmen. High schools are now placing less emphasis on technical skills training, and telling students that the only way to be successful is to attend a four-year university. There's nothing wrong with choosing to pursue higher education, but this trend has created a stigma that trade jobs are a consolation prize for those that can't go to college and find a "real job". The result is that for every three tradesmen that retire, only one is qualified to take their place.
You may ask, what does this mean for our society? Well, a future without skilled tradesmen is a bleak one. Without them, we would have no one to maintain our infrastructure, build our homes and schools, and repair our vehicles. USA Today, Dirty Jobs star Mike Rowe, and many other organizations have called for a change in perception of trade jobs.
To further encourage change, Irwin Tools has sponsored the National Tradesmen Day for the last three years. On September 20th this year, we encourage all Truckin fans to spread the word and encourage your friends and family to look differently at trade jobs. The sooner we start respecting our skilled laborers again, the sooner we'll start seeing more of them.
For more info on National Tradesmen Day, click here.