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“Skilled to Work” is a WQAD News 8 initiative in the Quad Cities area aimed at changing the way people see working in the skilled trades.
The skilled workforce is dwindling. Why? As today’s workforce edges toward retirement, there’s nobody coming up behind them to take over.
For decades, children have been taught that the only pathway to a career is through a 4-year college degree. Because of this trend in thinking, we’re faced with a workforce crisis.
Through partnerships with area organizations and industries affiliated with the trades, we’ve started to change the conversation. “Skilled to Work” is a way to show parents, teens, young adults and the community as a whole that the skilled trades are a viable career option with plenty of high-paying jobs, benefits and retirement packages.
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