Tractor Supply, Carhartt shirt campaign brings a donation of $ 100,000

From a partnership that has begun in summer 2021 to help reduce the trade gap, Tractor Supply Co. and Carhartt each donated $ 50,000 to SkillsUSA, a non-profit organization that serves middle school, high school, and college / post-secondary students preparing for careers in commerce, engineering, and skilled occupations in services. This total of $ 100,000, based on sales of “Support the Trades” shirts designed by Carhartt, managed to reach the maximum planned by each of these rural icons in America.

Support the Trades shirts were available at Tractor Supply retail locations and beyond since August. For each shirt sold, a portion of the proceeds was added to the companies’ donation commitment. Directors from Tractor Supply, Carhartt and SkillsUSA, along with several SkillsUSA students and counselors were present at the Tennessee check presentation ceremony.

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The United States is facing a rapidly growing shortage of skilled workers in skilled trades, which include the construction, manufacturing, transportation, services, and healthcare sectors. According to Forbesmore than 3 million commercial jobs will remain open in the US until 2028. In addition, Builders and Associate Contractors projects according to which the demand for construction workers will increase by 1.3 million to 2 million jobs by 2023. In addition, with a quarter of current trade workers expected to retire in the next five years, the number of available jobs are expected to far exceed the supply of skilled workers.

Students say they have learned valuable life and career lessons through SkillsUSA and are grateful for the support of Tractor Supply and Carhartt.

“Thanks to SkillsUSA, we’ve done so many things successfully,” said Kristan Odom, a student at SkillsUSA. “I can’t even imagine where I would be without skills.”

SkillsUSA works with students, faculty, and industry professionals to build America’s skilled workforce. Their framework provides students with technical and workplace skills based on academic backgrounds, as well as valuable industry connections. Its curriculum covers 130 job categories, creating a number of talented entry-level workers. With the donation from the Support Trades campaign, SkillsUSA will have the ability to expand its coverage and provide its training capabilities to more students.

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