Skilled Trades

Think you know everything about skilled trades?
Think again.

Kindergarten / 5th Grade

  

Tom Daldin, the Emmy award-winning host of the PBS series “Under the Radar,” talks to children about early curiosities and skilled trades

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6th / 12th Grade

 

Creator of TV’s Dirty Jobs and Somebody’s Gotta Do It, trade advocate Mike Rowe talks to young adults about skilled trades

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Today's skilled trades are the hot jobs that are growing and evolving. Advanced manufacturing. IT. Construction. Healthcare. Did you know skilled trades:

  • Are some of the most in-demand jobs posted online? More than 8,300 skilled trade jobs are currently available in Michigan.
  • Provide opportunities that will continue to grow? More than 6,700 job openings are expected every year, through 2022.
  • Don't necessarily require a four-year degree?

Skilled Trade Myths

  • There’s No Demand For Skilled Trade Workers
    False! Skilled trade workers represent exactly the types of skills that employers are demanding.
  • Skilled Trades Are Low Paying
    False! Paying between $12 and $34 an hour, skilled trades provide an above average median wage.
  • Skilled Trades Are Low Skill
    False! On the contrary, skilled trades require rigorous classroom and on‐the‐job training as well as an understanding of mathematics and complex problem solving.
  • Skilled Trades Are Dirty and Dangerous
    False! With increased technology, manufacturing and construction jobs have become considerably safer and cleaner.
Kindergarten / 5th Grade

Find out how to encourage a child's interest in skilled trades. Early curiosities can be transformed into potential skilled trades.

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6th / 12th Grade

Explore hot career paths and apprenticeship opportunities.

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Parents & Educators

Find resources to help you guide children and youths through skilled trades explorations.

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Healthcare Skilled Trades Tour

Take a Healthcare Skilled Trades tour with Tom Daldin at Beaumont Hospital.

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Manufacturing Skilled Trades Tour & FAQ

Take a Manufacturing Skilled Trades tour with Tom Daldin at DeWys Manufacturing.

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Construction Skilled Trades Tour

Take a Construction Skilled Trades Tour with Tom Daldin at Erhardt Construction.

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IT Skilled Trades Tour

Take an IT Skilled Trades Tour with Tom Daldin at CQL in Grand Rapids

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