A Kentucky teenager signs a letter of intent to become a plumber? Yeah

Across the country, high school graduates are graduating and planning their academic and career choices and paths. Some might take a few courses or courses to help them start a business, a few might attend a two or four year college and work towards a degree, and some might enter an apprenticeship or college of trades. Either way, it’s an exciting time of self-exploration and independence.

My nephew who graduated in California works full time in an auto and body shop. He loves working on cars and this is the perfect choice for him. His journey has always led him to a profession.

KY high school student signs Letter of Intent to be a plumber

You normally think of athletic or university scholars when you hear or read that a high school student has signed a letter of intent. But for a prospective high school graduate in Kentucky, this is a letter of intent for a full-time job as a plumber.

WTVQ News reported that Montgomery County High School senior Jacob Bradley has officially signed with Fast flow plumbing in Mt. Sterling as an apprentice plumber.

Bradley is part of a unique co-op program at Montgomery County High School, which allowed him to work with Fast Flow while completing his education as an apprentice with a master plumber, which he would continue to do for the next two years.

Programs like this and company signing days are new, but Montgomery High School and many others plan to continue and expand them to help and highlight the high demand for skilled workers.

Watch the video of his signing day, HERE.

Is there really a shortage of skilled workers?

The US Census Bureau estimates that almost a quarter of the manufacturing workforce is 55 or older. As baby boomers age and retire, not enough young people are starting careers in the trades to fill their positions. This commercial shortage is itself due to several factors: Educational priorities.

Why is it so difficult to find qualified workers?

People’s work mentality has changed during the pandemic. Remote work has become a popular alternative to how work was done.

Across the country, the shortage of skilled workers is a real concern.

…filling them all remains a problem. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people could work remotely, but it didn’t work for skilled workers. Carpenters, ironworkers, mechanics and others must do their work in person. Now, these skilled labor jobs are in high demand amid a nationwide shortage.

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Thus, the need for skilled workers to manufacture, build, maintain and repair is greater than ever. Companies are now changing the way they attract workers. Some are increasing wages and benefits to bolster the shrinking workforce.

College is not for everyone. Consider a skilled trade that can get you working and earning money, in a fraction of the time. Just research your career interest, see what training is available in your area, and get started on your path to success today.

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