Although vocational and trade schools have seen enrollment tick up in the 21st century, traditional college paths remained more popular. While both avenues certainly have their benefits, there is an increasing need for skilled workers to fill high-paying positions that don’t require a college degree. And yet, most young adults still choose college.
To help encourage students to pursue skilled trades, HireAHelper is giving out $2,000 scholarships to present and future trade students. Looking to take the next, or first, step in your professional education? Here’s how HireAHelper can lend a hand.
2020 HireAHelper Skilled Trade & Technology Scholarships
HireAHelper is an online marketplace that connects independent moving companies with clients. While the company works specifically with movers, the scholarship is open to anyone looking to develop a new skill or trade, including movers.
To be eligible, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be enrolled, or be planning to enroll, as a high school senior, or in a community college, undergraduate, graduate, technical college, or vocational program, within the United States
- Have a 3.4 GPA or higher
- Pursuing a degree that enables you or others in your community to learn a new trade, develop skills and technology, or start a small business related to moving services offered by HireAHelper
The sweepstakes run in cycles, and you can still submit entries for the Fall, and eventually Winter, contests. The Fall sweepstake closes at 11:59 p.m. PST on January 15th, 2021. One winner will be randomly selected one week after the cycle ends. HireAHelper is only accepting one submission per person, so apply in both cycles to maximize your odds!
The Value of Skilled Trades
The term “skilled trades” covers a wide variety of jobs. For reference, here are the top 10 in-demand skilled trade gigs, according to Indeed with the national average salary:
- Construction Manager (~$84k salary)
- Landscape Designer (~$54k)
- Aircraft Mechanic (~$26.50 per hour)
- Boilermaker (~$26.50 per hour)
- Electrician (~$26 per hour)
- Plumber (~$25.50 per hour)
- Home Inspector (~$52k)
- Diesel Technician (~$25.20 per hour)
- Licensed Practical Nurse (~$24 per hour)
- HVAC Technician (~$23.30 per hour)
It’s worth noting that the listed pay is the national average, and will change depending on where you are in the country.
There are some negative misconceptions about skilled trade work that may turn young adults toward other paths. However, learning a skilled trade can be incredibly valuable, profitable, and important for career progression. Some skilled trade jobs pay as much as or more than the average salary for bachelor’s degree holders. Trade jobs often give workers increased job security as well. Skilled labor isn’t a catchall to fix economic problems, and the work can be challenging and demanding, but trade schools offer a viable path to success.
The startup costs of a career in skilled labor are usually lower than those associated with a bachelor’s degree. The price of college is rapidly rising, while skilled laborers can seek cheaper opinions like certifications or even paid apprenticeships. Not only are you getting a possible step up, but you’re also avoiding the typical financial burden of college.
There are plenty of in-demand skilled trade jobs out there today. Some of the highest paying include carpentry, manufacturing, and construction. Many of these jobs are physically demanding but can help you sustain a family and potentially grow a business. The potential rewards are long-lasting if you think skilled trade work is right for you.
While skilled trade work is not the path for everyone, it’s critical that more young people understand the option exists and can reap very strong benefits.
The Bottom Line
To get a head start on your journey toward learning a trade or skill, apply for HireAHelper’s scholarship! Skilled labor work can be a path to a steady income, a stable career, and a secure future. If you’re considering an apprenticeship, we have some advice on how that can help your career too!