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What If Every Skilled Tradesman Vanished Tomorrow?

Have you ever stopped to think about what would happen if all the skilled tradesmen disappeared tomorrow?


Imagine a world where your toilet wouldn't flush, lights wouldn't turn on, fresh drinking water became a luxury, and there was no power for Monday night football. Your roof would leak, bridges would collapse into the sea, tunnels would implode, roads would be unpassable, and even your car would break down. In essence, modern-day life as we know it would come to a screeching halt.


Now, you might think this scenario is far-fetched, but consider this alarming statistic: for every 7-8 skilled tradesmen retiring, only 1 tradesman is entering trade school. Crunch the numbers, and you're left with a trades gap of millions of jobs that cannot be filled.


The reality is that skilled trades play a pivotal role in maintaining the infrastructure and services we often take for granted. It's time to shed light on the importance of these professions and address the widening gap between retiring tradesmen and new entrants into the field.


As advocates for skilled trades, we believe it's crucial to promote vocational education, especially among the younger generation in our schools.


Here are a few compelling reasons why:


 1. Essential Services Depend on Skilled Trades

Imagine a world without skilled tradesmen – no plumbers to fix your toilet, no electricians to ensure your lights work, and no technicians to keep your car running. These professionals are the backbone of essential services, and without them, our daily lives would be in disarray.


2. Infrastructure Maintenance

Skilled tradesmen are the unsung heroes behind the scenes, maintaining and repairing the infrastructure that keeps our society running smoothly. From fixing leaking roofs to ensuring bridges and tunnels are safe for use, their expertise is indispensable


3. The Looming Trades Gap

The concerning statistic of only one new tradesman entering the field for every 7-8 retiring tradesmen is a red flag. If we don't address this issue, we risk facing a massive shortage of skilled workers in the near future. This gap could have severe consequences for our communities and economy


 4. Promoting Vocational Education

It's time to shift the narrative and promote vocational education as a viable and valuable career path. Encouraging younger generations to explore skilled trades not only fills the impending gap but also opens doors to fulfilling and financially rewarding careers.


5. Collaborative Efforts Needed

Addressing the trades gap requires a collaborative effort from educators, parents, and policymakers. By highlighting the benefits of skilled trades and providing adequate resources for vocational education, we can ensure a steady influx of skilled workers into the workforce.


In conclusion, the disappearance of skilled tradesmen would have profound implications for our daily lives and the functioning of our society. It's our responsibility to recognize the importance of these professions and actively promote vocational education to bridge the trades gap. Let's ensure that the skilled trades continue to thrive, securing a stable and prosperous future for generations to come.

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