Nearly half of U.S. employers are struggling to fill jobs, particularly professional trades roles. In a country with a $1.5 trillion student loan debt crisis, organizations like the Eastern MA chapter of the National Association for the Remodeling Industry (EMNARI) are helping to reacquaint young people with jobs that pay well, are in demand, have excellent long-term security potential and offer a lower threshold to entry than the traditional $80,000 bachelor’s degree.
In order to inspire those students to consider a career in remodeling, Boston Stone Restoration was proud to participate in the 3rd annual Youth Remodeling Career Day held at the Bolton Fairgrounds in October 2018.
Sponsored by EMNARI, over 500 attendees from 15 local high schools came out on crisp fall day to sample several hands-on exhibits covering many different fields and topics.
Once everyone received a hard hat they were divided into groups and were then able to visit multiple stations. Students could lay a hardwood floor, install a window, plumb a toilet, even have a practice interview! The trend in the last 30 years has been for students to move towards a traditional college education, but the need for workers in the trades is rapidly increasing while college costs are skyrocketing. The Youth Remodeling Career Day program is a great way to showcase the many options and careers available to young people.