3 Reasons You Want a Career in the Skilled Trades

Those with career and technical educations are even more likely to be employed than those with academic credentials. Let’s look at a few reasons why the skilled trades are a worthy career route.

January 15, 2020

It’s clear that there are benefits of continued education beyond high school: greater employability, increased average income… but what may be less apparent is that an advanced degree doesn’t always equate to a Bachelor’s or attending a 4-year college program. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports that those with career and technical educations are even more likely to be employed than those with academic credentials. More and more, the opportunities in the skilled trades are being highlighted while more companies try and recruit new talent in joining the industry.

PeopleReady looks at a few reasons why the skilled trades are a worthy career route:

The demand is high.

With many of the Baby Boomer generation retiring out of their trades roles and more projects starting that require construction workers, welders, plumbers, electricians, and other specialists – the demand for skilled craftspeople is high. Now, 70 percent of construction companies throughout the nation are struggling to find the workforce they need. The U.S. Department of Education reports an expected 68 percent more job openings in infrastructure-related fields over the next five years and the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates one-third of new jobs will be in construction, health, and personal care. That’s a lot of jobs in the skilled trades that need skilled craftspeople. There are more jobs than workers in the medium-skill level, which isn’t the case for high-skill and low-skill work.

Source: National Skills Coalition

The pay is competitive.

For many areas in the skilled trades, tradespeople are likely to see a quick and strong return on investment. Consider the significant debt the majority of college graduates carry along with two additional years of schooling before getting to work; then compare to those pursuing a vo-tech or trade school degree who begin making money earlier, with less debt. The cost difference is noticeable.

Source: College Board Statistics

The jobs are important.

Concern over our country’s infrastructure has been mounting for years. And without skilled tradespeople to improve things, it will only get worse. Grant Will, a student of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, saw the benefits of the trades and says “We are the backbones of America, nothing starts without us, from the molds that make your car parts to the tools to make your clothes.” 

When asked why they chose the skilled trades, 52 percent of millennial electricians decided to enter the field for the technical involvement and problem-solving aspect, half state job security as a motivator, and another half see how jobs in the skilled trades help solve everyday challenges and make a difference in people’s lives. The work accomplished in the skilled trades industries isn’t just paramount in our nation’s growth and progress, it’s also giving people job satisfaction, flexibility, and a chance to live life out from behind a desk.

Interested in exploring the skilled trades? Or are you a skilled trades professional ready to find opportunities that meet your potential?

Connect with your local PeopleReady branch representative about potential opportunities and how to get started in the right direction.

PeopleReady Gets to Work After Major Hurricanes

What are some the times that PeopleReady and our incredible associates have jumped at the opportunity to help during and after natural disasters? Let’s take a look…

August 21, 2019

When a natural disaster hits our communities, we all feel it. Whether near the impact or across the country, you’re bound to see the harm that a natural disaster leaves in its path. From hurricanes to wildfires, you might feel helpless, wondering how you can aid and assist. You’re not alone, but a silver lining is that during each of these times, we’re reminded of the amazing people we work with and how great it is when a company can come together for the greater good.

What are some of the times that PeopleReady and our incredible associates have jumped at the opportunity to help?

  • When Panama City felt devastation from Hurricane Michael, we saw buildings leveled and thousands of people losing their homes. Groups from surrounding branches—Fort Walton; Tallahassee; Dothan, Alabama; and Pensacola—gathered to make the trip to lend helping hands. The immediate and on-going relief came quickly after the rush of a storm and workers showed up in waves, ready to work together to rebuild.
  • Upon Hurricane Florence, it was crucial for our branch staff to stay connected with their fellow PeopleReady employees, associates, and customers in the potential impact zone and tracked their safety throughout the storm. Communication and rates were coordinated with our Disaster & Recovery customers preparing for the hurricane and we quickly moved to activate our teams across the country to help get people to work as quickly as possible. We quickly set up customers with our mobile app, JobStack, to share work opportunities and approve associate pay on the go while getting workers paid as quickly as possible with pay cards, rush shipped to the affected areas.
  • After Puerto Rico and Florida experienced the devastation following Hurricane Irma, our local team along with those in the New South and Mid-South regions moved quickly to reopen our branches and connect people with jobs to begin cleanup and recovery. Ensuring our associates safety was key – as was making sure they had access to work, even during these uncertain times.

As PeopleReady President, Sean Ebner shared about our associates and branch staff, “their safety and well-being and that of their loved ones is the top priority. Everything else is a distant second.” And we continue to stand by that as we prepare for the potential of more storms in the coming seasons. The only thing more powerful than a hurricane is the response to it—and we saw the country unite and “rise to the challenge of rebuilding.” During these times, our resilience was tested—but PeopleReady, from our recruiters to associates to leadership team unified to rise to the challenge and supported one another.

You might be thinking ahead of how you can help your neighbors around the country during these times. You could be planning for what you might do as a resident in one of these areas and what you can plan for. Whichever you relate to, PeopleReady is here to connect great associates with the work they want, the areas that need them, and with companies who will utilize their skills.

How to Staff During a Natural Disaster

Here are some of the actions you can take in preparation for storm season to protect your business and ensure you’re equipped with the tools needed to combat a natural disaster.

June 26, 2019

When a string of unprecedented natural disasters struck last year, from hurricanes to wildfires, the call for helping hands was at a peak. All the way from Virginia to California to Hawaii, disaster response was crucial; even the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) struggled to find the personnel to deploy.

During these hardships, the checklist of items to manage can seem overwhelming—and when staffing your business comes into the mix, it can become even more daunting. Not only are your operations off track, but you’re also concerned about the safety and well-being of your team as you try to move as quickly as possible.

There are actions you can take in preparation for storm season to protect your processes and ensure you’re equipped with the tools needed to combat a natural disaster, protect your team and assets, and quickly react when issues arise. Below are some of the keystone actions to have ready in the event a natural disaster does impact your business.

Employ a Full Team

Your regular staff members may not all be available or accessible at this time, and there simply isn’t much you can do about this. Instead of running understaffed or putting your team at risk, find out how utilizing a staffing partner can help bolster your team during your most crucial times. When your staffing partner operates on a nationwide level, you have access to workers outside of the affected area—meaning your business needs don’t need to suffer due to understaffing. Best case scenario? Use a hiring tool that connects you with thousands of workers 24/7, no matter where you are, such as PeopleReady’s mobile app, JobStack.

Move Quickly

When the demand for help is high, agility is critical. When almost every move is time sensitive, being able to make decisions on the fly makes an enormous difference. You’ll want to have the ability to place orders, outline your specific needs, and accept and review orders wherever you are: you never know where you might need to be at any given time. Whether on your desktop or your mobile phone, you can do everything you need to for your temporary staffing from JobStack, immediately and with instant updates in real time.

Utilize the Right Skills

Not only do you need a team of workers to help get your operations back on track, but you also need workers suited to your specific requirements. Whether you’re searching for a crew of general laborers or a few additional workers with hospitality experience, finding the right worker for your job is easy and quick with JobStack. Looking for an individual with HAZMAT training? You can find them and even request certain people who have worked for you before to return. If someone didn’t meet your expectations for any reason, you’re able to track and rate workers to make sure you only get those who fulfill your needs moving forward.

When you’re able to handle your staffing needs simply and quickly, you’re able to focus on the other aspects of your business where your expertise is needed. Let PeopleReady help you prepare for the times when you need them most and get started with JobStack now.

3 Tips to Recruit Skilled Tradespeople

How can businesses better attract skilled tradespeople given the current labor shortage? See how PeopleReady can be your staffing partner in this effort.

March 5, 2018

If you’ve spent time in the last few years recruiting skilled workers, you know demand for these talents are at record highs. There are a variety of reasons which have contributed to the shortage of labor in the U.S., likely the biggest factor is aging baby boomers retiring out of the workforce in large numbers. As PeopleReady Skilled Trades discussed previouslyPew Research Center estimates every day for the next 17 years, 10,000 baby boomers will reach retirement age. There isn’t enough of the population entering the workforce to replace the number of baby boomers that have left, and continue to leave each day.

According to Harvard Business School “69% of HR executives say their inability to attract and retain middle-skills talent frequently affects their firm’s performance.”

In order to successfully recruit and retain skilled workers, companies must recognize that these individuals have the freedom to choose employers based on benefits such as career growth, and incentives. With that being said, how can firms better attract skilled workers with the labor pool tightening every day?  

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and Accountemps have both conducted surveys which offer top strategies employers use to recruit skilled workers.

  • Improve benefits
  • Increase wages
  • Invest in training and development for existing staff
  • Consider temporary workers
  • Provide incentives for employee referrals

PeopleReady Skilled Trades is a specialized division of PeopleReady, a TrueBlue company (NYSE: TBI). Since 1987, we have connected tradespeople and work across a wide range of trades, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, welding, solar installations and more. Whether you need a single tradesperson or require a coordinated effort to dispatch skilled workers across multiple projects, we ensure you have the right people with the right tools, on-site and on time.