Increasing demand for skilled workers
Trade schools, career colleges, technical schools whatever the label, the students graduating from them are more in demand than ever before.
One reason for this sudden rise in demand is that the baby boomers are retiring and there is a dearth of qualified candidates who can fill the vacancies caused by this mass retirement. Surveys by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that by 2010 there will be almost 2.3 million unfilled jobs in various skilled trades.
Interestingly, in spite of the growing interest in trade schools, students graduating from these schools continue to remain high in demand and short on supply. This is mainly because many students struggle with the false notion that only a university education can equip them for a high paying job.
But the truth is that employers dont want to know if applicants to a job know Shakespeare, classical poetry or even intricate theory for that matter. However, they do appreciate employees who can get the work done professionally. The results of this survey provides further proof that the lack of skilled professional workers are costing employers millions.
Increasingly, industry has begun to realize that a good craftsman needs a balanced portfolio of skills, and many enterprises today ask for experience rather than degrees.
Skilled workers the key to surviving a dog-eat-dog market
A 2002 survey conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center to Workforce Preparation showed that almost 75 percent of employers reported a severe crunch when trying to hire qualified workers. 40 percent reported that applicants were poorly skilled while 30 percent said that applicants had the wrong skills for available jobs..
Employers complain that they lose many months training new entrants for a job. It takes several months before an entrant from a traditional education background learns to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired from books to the actual working situation. Also, the lack of professional skilled workers has decreased the level of customer service from manufacturers as reported by Findarticles.com. Employers feel that this lack of return on investment does not bode well in a competitive, performance-driven market.
Trade school graduates have an edge
Trades require specialized skills and people are willing to pay good amounts for a job well done. For instance, with a rise in the aging population, there is a need for more medical personnel not just doctors but physiotherapists, nurses, etc. A trade school offers streamlined courses and trains you to step right in. Also visit Technical and Vocational School Resources for further information regarding Trade schools.
Naturally, any employer would rather hire someone who can enter the company and add value to the job, rather than spend time in training a fresher for the next few months.
Graduates from trade schools usually have prior experience because their classes in school were modeled to simulate the workplace. Here they have an edge over their peers, and employers are increasingly beginning to trust trade school graduates to do the job well.
A survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau in 2004 proves this growing preference for technical and vocational school graduates. It reports that nearly one-third of the fastest growing occupations will require an associates degree or a post-secondary vocational certificate!
And if that isn't enough, a look at the classified ads in your local newspaper will show you the facts.