In its 2020 Skilled Trade Candidate Attitudinal Assessment, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) surveyed over 550 high school students, grades 9-12, regarding entering qualifying trades after graduation. The responses were a bit surprising.
“Respondents indicated their top preferred learning methods were field trips to local businesses, one-on-one days at worksites, and career days.” (Seems an up close and personal experience is worth a thousand words!)
The study also found that:
- “One in five respondents cited ‘learning a skill’ and ‘good pay’ as the top perceived benefits of entering a skilled trade career.
- High school class and training programs, social media, and home improvement project work were the greatest sources of initial interest for high school students.
- Interest levels in skilled trade careers are almost as high among female students as male high schoolers.”
The NKBA conducts custom market research studies among its member and consumers on a variety of topics. The 2020 Skilled Trade Candidate Attitudinal Assessment, and information on other industry research studies, can be found at www.nkba.org.