The need for new hires in the skilled trades is reaching the critical point in Michigan.
There are an estimated 545,000 jobs that will come open between now and 2026 and finding people qualified to fill those skilled trade positions is a huge challenge.
Meeting that challenge is the goal of Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II today as he joins Lansing-area leaders in business, education and workforce development to announce launch of Going PRO at Lansing Community College’s West Campus.
It’s the largest effort in Michigan history to promote Professional Trades and help fill state’s talent gap.
Gilchrist will be joined this afternoon at Lansing Community College by leaders from the Chamber of Commerce, Lansing Community College and local trade unions.
Going PRO is being hailed as one of the nation’s most ambitious statewide education and awareness campaigns.
The focus is on filling positions, mostly in the fields of construction, manufacturing, healthcare, automotive, information technology and additional high-skilled Professional Trades.
The campaign is spearheaded by the Talent and Economic Development (Ted) Department of Michigan.
According to a news release, dated perceptions of careers in Professional Trades combined with an increase of baby boomers retiring has led to a steady decline in the number of people with the skills needed to fill these viable careers – posing the single greatest threat to the state’s continued economic recovery.
Ted-commissioned research shows:
• Only 1 in 3 Michigan parents encourage children to enter Professional Trades.
• Approximately half of Michigan’s high school students, young adults and parents lack knowledge about the value and benefits that apprenticeships offer in Professional Trades, with only 13% of high school students considering apprenticeships a good career path option.
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