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Skills Gap



About the Trade Skills Gap

Did you know that statistics indicate that there will be an extreme shortage of tradespeople in America in the next three to five years? The average age of a Plumber, nationwide, is 56!  Mike Rowe has short video clips on YouTube regarding the lack of skilled tradesmen and the skills gap that you might find interesting.  Plumbing cannot be outsourced and a computer cannot complete the job.


 

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How It Will Affect You

Mike Rowe's videos got us thinking further about the significant shortage of tradespeople. As the need to have skilled work done increases, tradespeople will be in a supply-and-demand situation. They will be in positions that allow them to increase their rates, which in turn will cost homeowners, landlords, and commercial/residential building owners a lot of money.

Our Experience as Professionals

At our sister company, S Jacobs Plumbing LLC, we have enough work to keep us busy six to seven days a week doing emergency plumbing as well as repair and service work. It has been like this for more than two years. We have customers contacting us about their plumbing problems seven days a week by text, email, and FaceTime. Some even send videos.  We launched "Plumber Sue On Demand" in the Summer of 2018.  Customers with an emergency may contact S Jacobs Plumbing LLC and for a fee, will be walked through their emergency, until they can have the issue taken care of permanently.

What We Are Doing About It

The impending shortage is what spawned the creation of Ms. Fix It LLC. We started out teaching basic plumbing and woodworking to Girl Scouts. Then Sue, our master plumber, was asked to speak at Norwood High School on Career Day 2017 along with an electrician. We only had eight juniors sign up to learn about options in the skilled trades, and of those, only one was interested in plumbing.  In 2018, Sue was asked to speak at Universal Technical Institute (UTI) to 225 students and Norwood High School.

With these things in mind, we are expanding Ms. Fix It LLC. We have initially added Plumbing 101 Workshops help condo/homeowners learn about how the plumbing in their homes functions and how to do some basic troubleshooting.  What you will learn could save you money in future minor plumbing repairs.