Where Will We Find the Next Generation of Installers?

A Minnesota school works to match more students’ skills and interests with rewarding, well-paid jobs in the trades

Where Will We Find the Next Generation of Installers?

Vern Schnathorst, left, the work-based learning coordinator for Detroit Lakes High School in Minnesota, and student Jaden Thorson are shown on a work site with a John Deere 700L crawler dozer. (Photos provided by Vern Schnathorst)

It’s the biggest industry concern I hear from installers. 

“I’m so busy and I just can’t find any good, young workers.” It’s no exaggeration to say that this complaint is shared with me every month (and probably more often) from contractors who are constantly pushing...

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