Okemos, MI – Skilled trades are vital to Michigan’s economy. So vital, in fact, that a recent Kiplinger article ranked the top three of the 10 best jobs you can get without a college degree as a brickmason, construction supervisor and plumber, followed by electrician and carpenter rounding out number five and six.
“There is no better time to consider a career in the skilled trades than now,” said Cindy Kosloski, Chief Executive Officer for Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Lansing. “Greater Lansing’s residential housing market is at its strongest level compared to the last few years and we believe this growth will extend well into the future.”
A bachelor’s degree is often thought to be the key to financial success, yet many people can have thriving careers in the skilled trades without a college education. These occupations oftentimes come with generous salaries and long-term job security, based on 10-year employment projections, according to the Kiplinger article.
“The challenge we face is whether the building sector is going to be able to meet growing demand from buyers given the shortage of skilled trades workers in the labor market,” said Kosloski. “One reason for this is due to the misconceptions of our industry.”
The stereotypes revolve around the idea that the jobs, many of which don’t require a four-year college degree, are less valuable than those that do.
“People don’t think they can earn a good living and be successful, yet so many of our members are quite successful – many now own their own businesses, which affords them some of the finer things in life,” added Kosloski.
Eighteen HBA member businesses have joined together to form the Workforce Development Committee, headed by Kosloski and the HBA of Greater Lansing, to address these challenges and find solutions for investing in and recruiting the next generation of skilled trades workers.
The Workforce Development Committee commenced in April and plan to continue meeting on a bi-monthly basis. A few of their goals include bringing greater awareness to the industry, clearing up misconceptions about the industry and partnering with educational institutions to help recruit skilled workers.
The Home Builders Association of Greater Lansing is a professional, non-profit trade association comprised of builders, remodelers, subcontractors and suppliers to the home building and remodeling industry. The HBA works to positively promote the building industry and impact legislative, regulatory and legal issues affecting housing affordability. To learn more visit, www.hbalansing.com.
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