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How SkillsUSA and Pella are Impacting the Future

More skilled labor is on the way. And that’s great news for those working in the trades industry. As a proud partner of SkillsUSA, Pella helps support the Keep Craft Alive® movement in its efforts to combat the skilled-labor shortage by getting more students involved in the trades. This year, Pella played its part by making financial and window donations to the 2019 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

What is the SkillsUSA competition?

This conference provides students with career and technical education opportunities that allow them to compete in their respective industries, ranging from carpentry to cosmetology. With 72% of surveyed students reporting enrollment in a career and technical program, organizations like SkillsUSA are creating the country’s next contractors, remodelers, plumbers, roofers, IT professionals, diesel mechanics, and other skilled laborers. This year, more than 18,000 people attended the week-long event. Here, the students’ skills weren’t just tested; they were enhanced.

More than 6,500 students – each a state contest winner – came to compete against each other in one of the 103 different hands-on trade, technical and leadership fields. Pella donated 150 windows for the “Carpentry” and “Teamworks” competitions, where students built fully functioning mini homes in a uniquely crafted on-site work area. Teamwork was essential for contestants to complete tasks ranging from laying the foundation and wiring, to installing windows and hanging drywall before time ran out.

Impacting the future of trades

The winners of these competitions were then recognized at the awards ceremony. And through Keep Craft Alive, Pella helped fund student scholarship awards to make a career in the trades more attainable for multiple young builders and carpenters. Pella also had a booth at the SkillsUSA TECHSPO Trade Show to give students insights into the millwork industry and answer any questions about innovative new products.

The demands of a growing housing market have left a shortage of qualified labor, and that’s something we all feel. That’s why Pella cares so much about helping aspiring tradespeople find their place in our industry through the #KeepCraftAlive movement and SkillsUSA.

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