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Changes on the Horizon

Looking Ahead to Skilled Trades

The skilled trades world is at a place where old-school ways meet new technology. In recent years, big changes have happened in this field and the outlook shows that these changes are getting even more important.

Using Technology:

A big trend in the skilled trades for 2024 is using more technology. Jobs like carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work, which usually involve hands-on work, are now using digital tools and automation. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are changing how apprentices learn by giving them hands-on experience in computer-simulated settings. This not only makes learning faster but also helps with the shortage of skilled workers.

Smart tools and are also changing how tradespeople work. Connected devices give real-time information on how equipment is doing, helping to predict problems and reduce downtime. Drones are being used to check and survey work sites, making things safer and more efficient. The trades are turning into a mix of hands-on skills and digital know-how, not just physical work.

Caring About the Environment:

With more worries about climate change, there’s a bigger demand for eco-friendly practices in the skilled trades. From using environmentally friendly construction materials to energy-efficient HVAC systems, there’s a focus on reducing harm to the environment. Tradespeople are using green building techniques like installing solar panels and saving water, making their work more in line with sustainability goals.

This move toward sustainability doesn’t just help the environment but also meets the changing wishes of clients and consumers. Certifications for being eco-friendly and using green practices are becoming important for businesses in the skilled trades, making both a healthier planet and a successful industry.

Diversity and Inclusion:

While the skilled trades world has mostly been led by men, 2024 is expected to see more diversity and inclusion. Efforts to get a more diverse workforce are gaining attention, with plans to encourage women and other groups to join jobs that have traditionally been for men. This not only helps with not having enough workers but also brings in different ideas and skills.

As the way people think changes, the trades are breaking old ideas, and a more inclusive workforce is coming up. Recognizing that having a mix of people is not just good for society but also a smart move, companies are making programs to help welcome people from all backgrounds into the skilled trades.

Changes in Learning:

As the need for skilled workers grows, the ways people learn for these jobs are changing too. Traditional apprenticeships, where people learn by doing the work under experienced mentors, are still important. But there’s also an understanding that people need different ways of learning.

Technical schools and community colleges are making special programs for the modern trades industry. Online courses and certifications are getting more common, letting people learn important skills at their own pace. This variety in how people learn helps with different styles and makes it easier to keep up with what the industry needs.

In summary, the skilled trades moving forward are a mix of technology, caring for the environment, diversity, and flexible learning. Handling the challenges and opportunities means using new ideas, caring for the environment, and having a workforce that’s different and flexible. The outlook for the future is about big changes, and those who are ready for them will do well in the changing world of skilled trades.

About New Castle School of Trades

Since their founding in 1945, New Castle School of Trades (NCST) has become one of the premier trade schools in the Pennsylvania and Ohio area. Over the last 75 years, NCST has evolved from educating students into competent trades men and women to training students to become more sophisticated and innovative craftsmen and women who will be tomorrow’s highly skilled technicians. Learn more at https://www.ncstrades.edu/

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