Trade Skills Needed in the Workforce
A big focus of the Burlington School Board meeting last night was about encouraging students to fulfill skilled jobs- such as manufacturing.
The Greater Burlington Industrial Technology Regional Advisory Committee members Sheila Newman and Jason Hutcheson, presented information about the lack of people trained for the manufacturing jobs that will soon be available once the baby boomers have retired. Hutcheson says that many of these skilled positions pay well even without a 4-year degree.
“Lets look at some national data. There are 4-million of those that pay more than $75,000 a year. So there are good wages for these skill-trade jobs in particular that don’t require a 4-year degree.”
The board discussed that one way to get students more involved with technology and interested in skill-trades is to offer them as core credits instead of electives.