Monday, December 1, 2014

Contractor Magazine: Labor Trade related merit badges foster interest in construction industry careers among today’s youth & tomorrow’s construction leaders

Plumbing Contractors Association of Chicago Director Brian Wilk, Bishop Plumbing Inc., leads a delegation of local Boy Scouts around the UA’s Instructor Day training facilities at Washtenaw College in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • There is a growing skills gap crisis facing the construction trades sector
  • Nearly 1.6 million new skilled workers will be needed over the next decade
  • The Boy Scouts has a long-standing relationship with the American labor movement
  • The two entities share many common goals
  • The George Meany Award recognizes union members who have made a contribution to the youth of their communities
From Contractor Magazine:
The Boy Scouts has a long-standing relationship with the American labor movement. The two entities share many common goals, including the pursuit of preparedness, economic justice and the value of hard work. This is especially valid when it comes to training the next generation with the critical STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — skills and apprenticeship education needed to boost the nation’s competitiveness. It’s also evident in the merit badges of the various labor trades and their ability to foster a genuine interest in construction industry careers among today’s youth and tomorrow’s construction leaders.
Through the joint efforts of the Plumbing Council of Chicagoland and the Boy Scouts of America Chicago Area Council, the plumbing and piping industry is trying to rekindle a spark that will, it is hoped, ignite a flame for the construction trades and, in turn, close the skills shortage.
Read more about this joint effort by clicking on the link: http://contractormag.com/management/boy-scouts-plumbing-council-fete-ua-president-bill-hite

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