Over the next 10 years there is going to be a major need for workers in skilled trades jobs. By 2024, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be a 10% increase in job growth. The problem is making sure that we have people capable of filling those roles ready for the work.
Mike Rowe, the TV personality behind the hit show Dirty Jobs, has been outspoken on the subject; "We're churning out a generation of poorly educated people with no skill, no ambition, no guidance, and no realistic expectations of what it means to go to work."
As much as I hate to admit it, he isn't wrong. The idea of what a "good job" is has changed significantly over the last 30 years, and we are starting to see the consequences of that.
Rowe decided that he wanted to do something about it and started the mikeroweWorks Foundation, which awards scholarships to men and women going into the skilled trades.
A recent beneficiary of the foundation was 46-year-old John Lanell Fitzpatrick, an inmate in the Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Washington State.
Both he and the Department of Corrections are pleased at this recent development.