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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.

Join WQAD’s Luke Cleary every Tuesday at 5 p.m. as we bring you impact stories and resources about the resurgence of vocational training and workforce options in our community. Check back in with us here where stories will be posted and valuable resources will be shared.

Latest Stories:

 Skilled to Work: NECA IBEW Local 145 contractors and electricians help hospitals power life-saving equipment

Skilled to Work: Apprentices master welding skills at the shop

Skilled to Work: Local 91 sheet metal workers fabricating craft beer brew tanks

Skilled to Work: Millwrights handle huge products with care

Skilled to Work: Hands-on learning at the Millwright training center

Skilled to Work: Inside an architectural sheet metal fabrication shop

Skilled to Work: Local 145 electricians lighting up the new I-74 bridge

Skilled to Work: Local 91 HVAC experts show their work

Skilled to Work: “Grow Time” at Edgewood Baptist Church

Skilled to Work: Local 91 training program earns platinum level accreditation

Skilled to Work: Union electricians building a new school from the ground up

Skilled to Work: union retirement plan and investments offer post-career comfort and fun

Skilled to Work: Electrical apprentices hit the books at the Quad City Electrical Training Center

Skilled to Work: Local 25 HVAC apprentices and journeymen take to the roofs for maintenance

Skilled to Work: Local 145 lights up the German American Heritage Center museum

Skilled to Work: Local 25 Union pipefitters say precision is key to getting the right fit

Skilled to Work: NECA and IBEW working hand-in-hand in the Quad Cities electrical industry

Skilled to Work: updating the Knox College science and math center

‘Skilled To Work’ career fair offers opportunities to learn skilled trades while getting paid

Skilled worker apprentice plumbs his way through international competitions

Signing onto a plumber and pipefitter education with Local 25

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