There are great paying jobs doing important work that are going unfilled. Skilled to Work is a WAAY 31 initiative to educate the community about a nationwide shortage of workers in the skilled trades.
Too many parents and children think that the only way to get a viable career is by earning a 4-year college degree. The skilled trades also offer great benefits and retirement packages. Many of them only require two year degrees, certification programs, training programs, or apprenticeships.
As workers retire, companies are struggling to find enough qualified employees to replace them. There is a desperate need to solve the problem. We want to help change the conversation from being college-ready to being career-ready.
Every Thursday at 5 p.m. & 10 p.m. WAAY 31 News will bring you stories about jobs and what it takes to get them, what unique things companies are doing to recruit, and the critical role the skilled trades play in our community.
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The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects employment of electricians to grow 10% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occ…
The program takes you beyond the salon, gaining lessons on hospitality, business and cleanliness.
In this week's Skilled to Work, WAAY31 goes to an automotive supplier, where one man is paving the way for workers, like himself.
"When I originally came into this program, I wanted to be a pediatrician. Then we went on an internship ... and I was like, 'Wow, this is the …
Students in Building Science are constructing a tiny house from the ground up.
Since the pandemic, the need for health care workers has skyrocketed, and a long-standing shortage of CNAs has only grown.
Drake State Community Technical College to offer drone classes.
In this week's skilled to work, WAAY31 went to the Downtown Huntsville Library. They're one of three locations offering a number of workforce …
"We take anyone regardless of their skill level," said Tommy Davis, Administrator for NAHA. "We teach them the basic skills and then we get th…
"Right now we're learning about the five mother sauces," said Kaitlyn Brooks, a 10th grader in the Culinary Arts Academy.
In this week's "Skilled to Work," WAAY 31 heads to the Limestone County Career Technical Center, where one program is building tomorrow's teachers.
Carolyn Wade works at Huntsville City Schools as a career coach. She helps take the pressure off of some students looking to navigate the comi…
After five semesters, students can head into multi-craft maintenance technician jobs at a higher level than others.
Students in the Engineering Design Program are working on software techniques and 3D models.
The brewery is spearheading a new apprenticeship in partnership with Calhoun Community College’s workforce solutions.
It's an outlet for students to have an open discussion about a number of topics, from economic development to local government.
In this week's "Skilled to Work," WAAY 31 visits UNA, where the education program is combating a nationwide teachers shortage.
Newly hired Nippon Express employees can now recieve top industry training because of a partnership with Calhoun's "GOAL" Adult Education Department.
Whiskey barrels are made at the Jack Daniels Cooperage in Trinity, AL.
The Mooresville Industrial Park on Thursday shared its $50 million plans to create a site for future industries.