In the fall of 2018, SkillsUSA joined Generation T (“Gen T”), a national movement that Lowe’s Home Improvement officially launched on April 25. The goal of Generation T is to address the widening trade gap and inspire a new generation to consider skilled trade careers. Committed to rebuilding and changing public perceptions of the skilled trades in America, Generation T seeks to drive enrollment in skilled trades education and build a pipeline of workers to offset the anticipated gap of three million jobs by 2028.
Lowe’s chose SkillsUSA to help with this effort because SkillsUSA membership is a critical link to success in the workplace — whether students plan to go to work after high school, earn a technical certificate, attend community college or a four-year university, or enter an apprenticeship program. As part of this initiative, SkillsUSA is working to attract more students into construction, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and appliance repair programs.