MONTGOMERY, Ala., April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has proclaimed today, April 25, as "Skilled Trades Day" in hopes of encouraging schools, teachers and parents to introduce students to opportunities in skilled trade careers. The proclamation is in keeping with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's commitment to lowering the rate of unemployment and achieving economic growth for the state.
Governor Bentley's proclamation recognizes the importance of designating an official day that acts as an annual reminder to young people about the opportunities available to them in skilled trade careers, specifically in the growing industrial and commercial construction industry. The document also brings awareness about the upcoming shortage of skilled tradesmen, the impact of jobs in the construction industry in the state and the training opportunities available for students.
The Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute recommended the date because it coincides with the timing of the annual SkillsUSA Leadership Conference, scheduled to take place April 27-28 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. The event brings 1,800 students to Birmingham for a career expo and state championships in trade, technical and skilled service programs.
Tim Alford, executive director of ACRI, said the proclamation comes at an ideal time as students are deciding on career paths in anticipation of the graduation season.
"Students and parents often fail to consider skilled trade jobs because of a perception that these jobs are a lesser alternative," Alford said. "We need to make it clear to young people that training in skilled trade work can lead to successful careers. In fact, a recent Harvard University study reported that 27 percent of people with post-secondary licenses or certificates earn more than the average bachelor's degree recipient."
Go Build Alabama, the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute's campaign featuring "Dirty Jobs" executive producer and host Mike Rowe, will sponsor this year's Award Ceremony at the SkillsUSA conference.
"We want to do everything we can to support schools and organizations that are introducing students to skilled trade careers early in their academic studies," Alford said. "ACRI applauds Governor Bentley for his efforts to bring attention to these careers and their impact on our state's economy."
SOURCE Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute