As Skilled Trades Gap Tops 6.5 Million Over Next Decade, Initiative Seeks to Bring Stakeholders Together While Inspiring Young People to Forge an Alternate Path to Career Success The Skilled Careers Coalition (SCC) is launching a long-term effort to build an education-recruitment machine as the ever-widening skilled labor gap threatens the socio-economic future of the Read more
As Skilled Trades Gap Tops 6.5 Million Over Next Decade, Initiative Seeks to Bring Stakeholders Together While Inspiring Young People to Forge an Alternate Path to Career Success
The Skilled Careers Coalition (SCC) is launching a long-term effort to build an education-recruitment machine as the ever-widening skilled labor gap threatens the socio-economic future of the next generation.
The SCC has joined forces with SkillsUSA and IGN Entertainment to create a dynamic ecosystem that cultivates the talent required to meet the growing demand for skilled makers, builders, fixers, and creators. This strategic alignment is a vital step in the organization’s coalition-building efforts, bringing together industry expertise, educational resources, and media influence to drive positive change in the skilled career landscape. Through this collaboration, Skilled Careers Coalition is committed to empowering individuals, fostering innovation, and building a robust pipeline of skilled professionals.
“With the help of strategic partners like SkillsUSA and IGN Entertainment, Skilled Careers Coalition is on a mission to bring the youth of today to the skilled careers of tomorrow,” said John Montgomery, Executive Director, Skilled Careers Coalition. “We have a long-game approach, but we cannot do it alone and are calling on parents, youth, educators, businesses, and brands to join us in helping kids turn their talents and passions into career opportunity and achievement.”
To activate their mission, SCC is tapping SkillsUSA’s vast network of students and educators; and the capabilities and channels of IGN Entertainment to create SKILLS JAM, a teen-based docuseries set to air later this year.
“SkillsUSA is America’s proud champion of the skilled trades,” said Chelle Travis, Executive Director, SkillsUSA. “Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world while providing every member the opportunity for career success. We sincerely thank the Skilled Careers Coalition for providing an opportunity to amplify our mission and our message. Their efforts will make a difference for the more than 380,000 students and educators that SkillsUSA serves annually in career and technical education classrooms across the country.”
“IGN Entertainment, one of the most trusted entertainment media brands in the world, is honored to be the production partner for SKILLS JAM,” said Karl Stewart, SVP, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, IGN. “For over 26 years we’ve been creating content and stories across video, social, editorial and web, engaging with over 286M+ eyeballs a month across 35 platforms. Now, we have the opportunity to take the experience and trust we’ve built up in helping tell, what we equally believe, is one of the most important stories of a generation.”
Announced June 20, 2023 at the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference in Atlanta, the partnerships between Skilled Careers Coalition and these industry-leading organizations are part of a coordinated effort among like-minded stakeholders to change the trajectory of the skilled trades sector. SCC plans to announce more cross-industry collaborations later this summer.
From advancements in AI and the rising costs of a college education to the widening skills gap, the American workforce is changing dramatically as the next generation re-thinks the traditional four-year college-to-career path that has left many grads disillusioned and in debt. Meanwhile, America’s talent pool of highly trained professionals in skilled careers spanning construction, industrial, creative, and service, are more in-demand than ever before.
Skilled Careers Coalition is focused on reversing dated perceptions about skilled careers, with a mission to start a youth movement that drives engagement and enrollment. Together with SkillsUSA and IGN Entertainment, SCC is kicking off a powerful, content-driven awareness campaign centered around SKILLS JAM, a teen-based docuseries that inspires young adults to reimagine skilled trades as a meaningful career path that can lead to financial freedom, entrepreneurialism, and lifelong success. The show will premiere on YouTube this fall.
About SkillsUSA SkillsUSA is America’s proud champion of the skilled trades. It’s a student-led partnership of education and industry that’s building the skilled workforce our nation depends on with graduates who are career ready, day one. Representing nearly 380,000 career and technical education students and teachers, SkillsUSA chapters thrive in middle schools, high schools and college/postsecondary institutions nationwide. SkillsUSA’s mission empowers students to become skilled professionals, career-ready leaders and responsible community members. That mission is accomplished through the SkillsUSA Framework of Personal Skills, Workplace Skills and Technical Skills Grounded in Academics, which is integrated into the classroom curriculum. Through Framework instruction, students develop the character-shaping leadership skills — teamwork, communication, professionalism and more — that successful careers and lives demand. At the same time, students hone their high-level technical skills against current industry standards in more than 130 skilled trade areas, from 3-D Animation to Welding. The result? Focused, confident and highly skilled graduates who are ready to work, ready to lead and ready to make a difference in our schools, workplaces and communities. A vital solution to the skills gap, where more in-demand skilled trades positions are available than qualified professionals to fill them, SkillsUSA has served more than 14 million difference-making members since 1965. For more, visit www.skillsusa.org.
About IGN Entertainment IGN Entertainment is one of the leading Internet media companies focused on video games and entertainment. Part of Ziff Davis, Inc., IGN reaches more than 286 million monthly users around the world and is followed by more than 55MM social and YouTube followers. With an extremely engaged audience, watching over 400MM minutes of content monthly, IGN also publishes daily content on 35 platforms including TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat Discover. Established in 1996, IGN is headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Sydney and London. IGN content is localized in 25 languages and 112 countries and hosted on websites and native applications on mobile, connected TV, and Xbox and PlayStation platforms.
About Skilled Careers Coalition Skilled Careers Coalition (SCC) is on a mission to bring the youth of today to the skilled careers of tomorrow by revolutionizing this critical sector of the American workforce. With a dramatic paradigm shift taking place in both employment and education, and with industries and organizations operating in silos, SCC is driving the connectivity needed between parents, youth, educators, businesses, and brands to build a dynamic ecosystem that harnesses the talent needed to close the ever-widening skills gap. To empower students and educators to navigate the skilled trades landscape, Skilled Careers Coalition is producing engaging content and valuable resources. SCC is reshaping the future and fueling a youth movement that sparks excitement for skilled career opportunities while inspiring more young people to pursue a new alternate path to lifelong success. For more information or to get involved visit www.skilledcareers.org.
Fieldpiece to Present $25K in Scholarship Funds to Support Rising Stars in the HVACR Industry Fieldpiece Instruments, a leader in tool and test instruments for HVACR professionals for over 30 years, is pleased to announce the second annual #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship. Fieldpiece partnered with SkillsUSA to administer the distribution of more than $25,000 in 2023 scholarship Read more
Fieldpiece to Present $25K in Scholarship Funds to Support Rising Stars in the HVACR Industry
Fieldpiece Instruments, a leader in tool and test instruments for HVACR professionals for over 30 years, is pleased to announce the second annual #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship. Fieldpiece partnered with SkillsUSA to administer the distribution of more than $25,000 in 2023 scholarship opportunities designed to give back to the HVACR industry it proudly serves. The #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship will support 13 SkillsUSA students studying HVACR in their junior or senior year of high school, or as college or postsecondary students, granting them funds to continue their education in a college or postsecondary HVACR technology program. Seven $2,500 criteria-based postsecondary education scholarships will go to SkillsUSA HVAC students and a total of $10,000 in scholarships will go to the six gold, silver and bronze medal-winning high school and college/postsecondary students who top the leader-boards of the National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC).
“As a sincere advocate for the HVACR community, Fieldpiece strives to support both new and seasoned professionals in the HVACR industry,” said Tony Gonzalez, technical training manager at Fieldpiece Instruments. “Our commitment goes beyond simply designing and developing HVACR tools that enhance the way techs work. Fieldpiece is devoted to the future of the industry and is proud to help ensure young up-and-coming professionals are well-equipped with tools, knowledge and resources to support their future success. Whether supporting techs through free online training resources like Fieldpiece University, an online platform designed to keep industry professionals at the top of their game; or supporting the path to an HVACR career with scholarships like #MasteroftheTrade, we want to see our community thrive!”
Through this continued scholarship offering, Fieldpiece Instruments also sheds light on the shortage of trained labor in the HVACR industry. With more than 110,000 unfilled HVAC technician jobs, Fieldpiece hopes to help spread the word about the positive career opportunities the industry offers.
“There is a critical need for more HVACR technicians,” said Chelle Travis, executive director at SkillsUSA. “We sincerely thank Fieldpiece Instruments for supporting SkillsUSA and our nation’s future workforce. We are rolling up our sleeves every day to support career and technical education as we forge meaningful partnerships with industry. Working together with Fieldpiece Instruments, we can help close the skills gap.”
To apply for the seven #MasteroftheTrade Scholarships, applicants must be SkillsUSA members enrolled in its HVACR or general construction programs who plan to study HVACR at the college or postsecondary level in the class of 2023-24 (high school seniors) or 2024-25 school year (high school juniors). The scholarship application must include a resume and either an essay (300 words or fewer) or a video (1-3 minutes) answering the question: “Why have you chosen a career in HVACR?” The scholarship opened on Dec. 1 and applications must be submitted by April 1, 2023. Scholarship recipients will be announced on May 16, 2023.
Scholarships will be awarded based on the merit of the application including the essay or video and the proficiency of the SkillsUSA Framework skills demonstrated in the application materials. To receive the funds, scholarship recipients must provide an acceptance letter from their postsecondary education program or their first semester tuition invoice. The funds will be distributed directly to the school.
The SkillsUSA Championships is the nation’s largest workforce development event for middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students enrolled in public career and technical education programs. The contests are planned by representatives of labor and management and are designed to test the skills needed for successful entry-level performance in given occupational fields. Safety practices and procedures — an area of concern to labor and management alike — are part of each contestant’s score. SkillsUSA represents 130 different occupational areas and adds contests to the SkillsUSA Championships each year to meet the demands of new or expanding careers. In 2023, the SkillsUSA Championships will feature more than 6,000 competitors in 110 hands-on skill and leadership contests. Each contestant is a state gold medalist.
Visit www.fieldpiece.com/Scholarship for more information.
Twelve top plumbing and HVACR students received honors in the plumbing and HVACR competitions of the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Contest, held last week in Louisville, Ky. The PHCC Educational Foundation supports the plumbing and HVACR contests each year. The Foundation’s Plumbing Apprentice and Journeyman Training Committee makes up the majority of the Read more
Twelve top plumbing and HVACR students received honors in the plumbing and HVACR competitions of the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Contest, held last week in Louisville, Ky.
The PHCC Educational Foundation supports the plumbing and HVACR contests each year. The Foundation’s Plumbing Apprentice and Journeyman Training Committee makes up the majority of the SkillsUSA Plumbing Technical Committee, and members were on hand to set up and help with contest judging. The PHCC Educational Foundation also has a representative on the SkillsUSA HVACR Technical Committee, who assists with set up and contest judging.
1st Place Secondary – Robert Fluke, Upper Cape Regional, Bourne, Mass.
1st Place Post-Secondary – Jesse Hornback, Elizabethtown Technical College, Elizabethtown, Ky.
2nd Place Secondary – Christian Weeks, Papillon LaVista South High School, Papillon, Neb.
2nd Place Post-Secondary – Jonathan Hill, Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College, Ogden, Utah
3rd Place Secondary – Mason Steiner, Paso Robles High School, Paso Robles, Cal.
3rd Place Post-Secondary – Travis Slankard, Kansas City (KS) Community College Technical Education Center, Kansas City, Kan.
This year’s HVACR honors went to:
1st Place Secondary – Andrew Shupert, Warren County Career Center, Lebanon, Ohio
1st Place Post-Secondary – Matthew Boden, Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell, S.D.
2nd Place Secondary – Krzysztof Zamajtys, Eastern Suffolk BOCES – Milliken Technical Center, Oakdale, N.Y.
2nd Place Post-Secondary – Josiah Tiegs, Saint Cloud Technical and Community College, Saint Cloud, Minn.
3rd Place Secondary – Dustin Curtis, Red River Technology Center, Duncan, Okla.
3rd Place Post-Secondary – Brandon Martin, Rowan Cabarrus Community College, Salisbury, N.C.
Technical committee members for this year’s event included:
· Robyn Bucknam, DEWALT Industrial Tool Co., Mooresville, N. C. (plumbing)
· Bob Carpenter, SharkTech Academy, Atlanta, Ga. (plumbing)
· Danny Crigler, L & D Associates, Inc., Aroda, Va. (plumbing)
· Laurie Crigler, L & D Associates, Inc., Aroda, Va. (plumbing)
· Robert Hahn, Co-Chair, Eastwick College, HoHoKus School of Trades, Union, N. J. (plumbing)
· Merry Beth Hall, Co-Chair, PHCC Educational Foundation, Falls Church, Va. (plumbing)
· Victor Hatcher, Tyler Pipe and Coupling, Tyler, Tex. (plumbing)
· Tim House, Kentucky Association of Master Contractors, Frankfort, Ky. (plumbing)
· Bill Jones, Raven Mechanical, Houston, Texas (plumbing)
· Stephanie Kamba, Milwaukee Electric Tool Co., Brookfield, Wis. (plumbing)
· Harold Moret, Copper Development Association, Braselton, Ga. (plumbing)
· Dennis Peters, DKP Plumbing, Paso Robles, Cal. (plumbing)
· Patrick Peterson, SharkTech Academy, Atlanta, Ga. (plumbing)
· Dale Powell, Copper Development Association, Harrisburg, Pa. (plumbing)
· Joe Pritchard, Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute, Waterford, Wis. (plumbing)
· Tony Senninger, Senninger Plumbing Co., Louisville, Ky. (plumbing)
· Jamie Simpson, Schaal Heating & Cooling, Des Moines, Iowa (HVACR)
· Jim Steinle, Atomic Plumbing, Virginia Beach, Va. (plumbing)
· James Walls, Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute, Garland, Texas (plumbing)
The plumbing competition was made possible by the following generous industry sponsors:
Headline Sponsors: A. O. Smith; American Supply Association; Copper Development Association, Inc.; Kohler; Viega, LLC; and Zoeller Pump Co.
Additional prizes, materials and on-site support provided by: A. O. Smith; American Supply Assn.; BrassCraft Manufacturing Co.; Caddy; Calculated Industries; Carhartt; Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute; Charlotte Pipe & Foundry; Copper Development Assn.; Delta Faucet Company; DEWALT Tools & Accessories; Harris Products Group; Irwin Industrial Tools; Kentucky Assn. of Master Contractors; Kohler; Lenox; Matheson Gas; MILWAUKEE TOOL; NIBCO, Inc.; Oatey; PHCC Educational Foundation; PHCC – National Association; Plumbers Supply Co.; RIDGID/Ridge Tool Company; Rothenberger USA; Senninger Plumbing Co.; SharkBite; Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.; Tyler Pipe; UA Local 502; Viega, LLC; and Zoeller Pump Co.