Posted June 17, 2019

FastenMaster hosts panel for vocational students

Discussion encourages high school students to stay the course with careers in the trades.

(L to R): Professional trim carpenter Aaron Butt, contractor AJ Crane and FastenerMaster Senior Technical Specialist Mark Guthrie participate in a panel discussion on trades careers with students at the Roger L Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield, Mass. .

At a panel discussion as part of Massachusetts-based FastenMaster’s PRO Driven Education Series, moderator Mark Guthrie, Senior Technical Support Specialist for FastenMaster, along with local residential construction professionals Aaron Butt of Carpenter & MacNeille, Essex, Mass., and AJ Crane of A. Crane Construction, Chicopee, Mass., encouraged a group of approximately 75 students at the Roger L Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield, Mass., to remain focused on a rewarding career in the construction trades.

Recent national studies indicate that the continued labor shortage remains a top concern for residential remodelers and builders across the country. Remodelers reported a ‘serious shortage’ or ‘some shortage’ of labor for the following jobs, and in fact nearly every segment of the construction industry has been affected:

  • 84 percent carpenters - finished
  • 85 percent carpenters - rough
  • 81 percent framing crews

Since the housing industry is critical to the US economy, and having enough skilled workers is important to home builders across the country, FastenMaster, a manufacturer of residential construction fasteners and application tools, is hosting panel discussions across the country to connect trade school students with successful trades people who can help to educate them about the real world and inspire them to continue to pursue trade careers.

“Trade careers are often overlooked, but they play a critical role in driving the US economy,” said Tom Ellerbrook, director of sales for FastenMaster. “It’s important that we do everything we can to educate today’s youth about careers in the trades. At FastenMaster, we can help by connecting the next generation of tradespeople with today’s h professionals in this field and helping them understand that careers in the trades can not only be very rewarding but also lucrative, and something for which they should be proud.”

In addition to encouraging students to pursue construction trades during the hour-long presentation, the panelists also touched on the importance of:

  • Sharing knowledge to help others;
  • Not being afraid to admit mistakes, which can help people to learn and grow;
  • Lifelong learning, because the more you know and are willing to learn, the more you can earn.

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