This Old House Features New Initiative That Empowers And Educate Young Tradespeople

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This Old House magazine has just released its January/February 2017 cover featuring This Old House carpenter, Norm Abram and Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe, who talk about the recently announced philanthropic initiative called Generation Next, with the goal of encouraging and empowering young people to join skilled trades.

…there are currently 3.1 million unfilled skilled labor jobs today with an additional 2.5 million expected by 2017.

As the current workforce continues to age and the existing pool of tradespeople shrinks, the need for skilled workers continues to grow. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently 3.1 million unfilled skilled labor jobs today with an additional 2.5 million expected by 2017. In an effort to close the gap, Generation Next will be promoted across all the brand’s platforms and put the award-winning cast and expert tradesmen from “This Old House” front and center to dispel myths about skilled jobs; shed light on the surprising benefits, rewards, and opportunities that middle-skills careers can provide; and give young people a path to pursue careers in the building trades.

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Generation Next will help raise money from companies and trade associations serving the home construction and renovation industry to support scholarships for students pursuing careers as carpenters, electricians, roofers, masons and plumbers. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation will receive all funds raised by the Generation Next campaign, which will support the Foundation’s 2017 Work Ethic Scholarship Program. The first check with donations to date will be presented by This Old House to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation at the 2017 NAHB International Builders Show taking place from January 10–12, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.