Live from Buildertrend University: Iowa Skilled Trades | Episode 16

Brandon Patterson of Iowa Skilled Trades joins us on The Building Code live from Buildertrend University.

Some of our listeners might be wondering, what is Iowa Skilled Trades? Well, it’s a movement … a movement led by industry pros to bring initiatives, education and awareness to skilled trades in the state of Iowa. With the labor shortage the construction industry is facing, Iowa Skilled Trades has one goal in mind: to bring forth the next generation of tradesmen and tradeswomen. From advanced manufacturing and welding to heating and cooling unit assembly and construction, “trades” is a wide net of various positions, and all of them are extremely important.

With a campus in Des Moines called the Skilled Trades Academy, niche programs like marine biology, fashion, radio television, carpentry, welding and so much more are offered to help young men and women learn outside of their typical high school programs. The coolest part? This school was privately funded through industry partners (Kreg Tools, home builders associations, etc.) and has raised over 2 million dollars to make this possible for students in the area. Pretty sweet, right?

Iowa Skilled Trades has only been around for about two and a half years, and they’ve already made huge impacts … so, what does the future hold? Brandon says, “… the sky is the limit as far as I’m concerned.” With the average age of the construction workforce being around 59 years old at the moment, it’s easy to see why this organization is necessary. And it all begins with educating the public on what’s out there and how great a career in the trades can be for the future workforce.

Sound like something you want to get involved in? Donate to the organization here. Or if you’d like to follow their awesome work, be sure to follow Iowa Skilled Trades on Instagram.

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