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The tools to make the best career choices

The tools to make the best career choices

With the exploding cost of traditional four-year college and the high-income potential and career advancement in the construction trades, everyone should have the tools to help them make the best career choices. Trade Talks USA provides essential tools for students who are considering careers in the construction trades, for educational professionals who are advising them, for veterans and the organizations that support them, and for businesses with opportunities to promote.

Marcus A Ruzek

Senior Program Director, The Marcus Foundation

A lot of new opportunities

A lot of new opportunities

Construction technology provides us with a digital toolbox and a way to approach project challenges very differently than we have in the past. The ability to leverage this digital toolbox will become more and more important as companies become aware that the need exists and this will inevitably lead to a lot of new opportunities in construction.

David Epps

Chief Technology Officer @ Envision Construction

Extremely gratifying!

Extremely gratifying!

I really enjoy being a stone mason. I have learned so much about construction and project work. Working with a customer on an idea and bringing it to life is extremely gratifying! The pay is also quite good. I have gained many other skills in this job, including electrical, irrigation, carpentry, and plumbing.

Mark Simms

Mark’s Outdoor Designs

Be my own boss, create my own schedule…

Be my own boss, create my own schedule…

Every house in America has a roof on it. At some point every roof is going to leak. There are lots of opportunities for the young generation to work in the industry. You build skills that you can use for the rest of your life. I enjoy being a roofer because you get to be outside, be my own boss, create my own schedule.

Joe Eldridge

Owner of Atlanta Roof Solutions

Potential to live the American Dream!

Potential to live the American Dream!

The Trades give you the potential to live the American Dream. It’s good to know that I can invest the money in my future and not have to pay off student debt. The job opportunities right now are so good. The ratio of people retiring are 5 to 1. The plumber protects the health of the nation!

Various Employees

M. Cary & Daughters Plumbing and Contractors

Job security is not an issue…

Job security is not an issue…

One of the things I love about HVAC is that multiple systems are working together. You get to work with gas, venting, plumbing and electrical all at once. I feel job security is not an issue in this industry. One of the things I love about this job is I can earn while I learn.

Alex Ramos

HVAC Operations/Sales Manager, Corley Plumbing Air Electric

An industry, passion and craft that I love!

An industry, passion and craft that I love!

I got into welding because of custom cars. I went to college and there weren’t a lot of jobs available, so I went to a technical school and fell into an industry, passion and craft that I love! There are so many industries that welding touches. It’s a great field with lots of opportunity and jobs and a career that’s not going anywhere. There are always people looking for skilled welders.

Bryan Fuller

Owner, Fuller Moto

You can be your own boss

You can be your own boss

We have been able to put our kids through school, pay for our home and cars. The trades have given us the opportunity to save for our futures. It’s a business that you can be your own boss, make a lot of money and be really successful.

Jim Donnovan

Founder @ Windows From Warriors, former U.S. Marine

It’s allowed me to do what I enjoy for my career

It’s allowed me to do what I enjoy for my career

Growing up I was always interested in how things worked and was constantly taking toy and electronics apart. After going the “traditional” college route, I quickly realized that I would not be utilizing my strengths and interests for my career. I decided to enter the electrical field and it’s allowed me to do what I enjoy for my career. It challenges me to be creative and come up with efficient ways to solve our clients issues.

Warren Manne

Electrician @ The Electrician Atlanta (family owned and operated)

Inspire the next generation

Inspire the next generation

Trade Talks USA empowers educators with the tools needed to shape brighter futures. Trade Talks delivers high-quality resources, engaging student tools, and insightful webinars—all ready to inspire the next generation of skilled trade leaders!

Dawn Mann

Founder, New Dawn Consulting

Build the next generation of trades professionals

Build the next generation of trades professionals

The Home Depot is proud to partner with Trade Talks and applauds their efforts to help individuals find education and career opportunities in the skilled trades. These resources, in addition to our Path to Pro Program, support the need to address the skilled labor gap and build the next generation of trades professionals.

Jenna Arca

Director, Workforce Development, The Home Depot

Valuable for our organization

Valuable for our organization

Trade Talks provides our organization [and the contractors we represent] an easy "plug and play" option for engaging with individuals looking for the resources they need to make decisions about their next career step. The video content and toolkits they have provided directly align with our message, "there is a place for you in the trades"; this is valuable for our organization with the different populations that we are trying to reach. Being an industry partner with Trade Talks has given us great leverage in our workforce development initiatives.

Liz Campbell

Director of Chapter Development. Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association

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