The Situation

  • For every five people who leave the trades, only one replacement is supplied by apprenticeship programs.

  • Qualified skilled tradesmen make an average of $50,000 annually.

  • The average age of a construction tradesman today is 50 years old.


Thousands of men and women leave the trades every year, and there aren’t enough young workers to replace them. If we want our state to continue to prosper, we have to start from the ground up.

The Industry

  • 6.6 million Americans are employed by a construction trade annually.

  • The construction industry is projected to grow by 22% through 2022.

America wasn’t built in a day—and it didn’t build itself.

A proud, hard-working corps of men and women have supported the construction industry for centuries, and we need new blood to continue to carry our country into the new millennium.

The Opportunity

  • 87% of apprentices find jobs when they’re finished.

  • Commercial construction tradesmen are paid on average 33% more per week than the rest of Americans.

  • It will take 39% of college graduates 10+ years to pay off their student loans.

You don’t need a four-year degree to make a living.

Thousands of new jobs open up every year, and with training programs throughout the state, you can start earning a competitive salary with increasing benefits right away—without worrying about student loans.

Take The First Step

The Trades

All are welcome at the table of tradesmen.

The resources you’ll need for a career in construction are within your reach—you just have to take the first step. Read about the skilled trades and explore Tennessee’s training programs.

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