Younger Workers Are Flocking To Skilled Trades


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(New York, NY)  —  Enrollment in vocational training programs is surging, while enrollment in community colleges and four-year institutions is falling. According to data from the National Student Clearinghouse, the number of students enrolled in vocational community colleges rose 16-percent last year, construction trades rose 23-percent, and programs covering HVAC and vehicle maintenance increased by seven-percent.  Meanwhile, the median pay for new construction hires rose five-percent to 48-thousand dollars last year.  A Jobber survey of high school and college-age people found that 75-percent said they would be interested in vocational schools offering paid, on-the-job training.

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