Tools for Schools

Skilled trades program opportunities are an extremely viable option for students who may not be interested in the 4-year college degree model.  As secondary school educators, it’s important to know and understand all education options available for students. Here at Trade Talks we want to provide you with a helpful checklist of steps you can take to ensure you’re armed with all the information available on trade and vocational training for students:

School Checklist


Probably the most important part of this process, listening to students will help determine what’s the best education pathway for their skills, needs, trade interests, and ultimate goals. Ensuring all pathways are taken into consideration can make all the difference long term for a student and their ultimate success. If you’re unfamiliar with trade schools or technical colleges, here’s a must watch video for educators to provide a helpful summary:


The skilled trades and technical college education sector offers many pathways and opportunities for students to discover a training program that fits their specific needs. Take a look at our list of the top trade careers with helpful data and info around each pathway to understand what’s currently available for potential students.  The best news, there are plenty of jobs available in the skilled trades.

Bridge the Gap

Just like high school college counseling departments connect with four-year colleges and universities, work to create those same relationships with both local and national trades training programs and technical colleges that focus on the skilled Trades. Read up on the skilled trades education sector and everything that’s available for high school students post-graduation.