Unico Joins Campaign to Promote Skilled Trades to Young
Generation Next program supports scholarships
through mikeroweWORKS Foundation and This Old House
Unico, Inc., maker of small-duct heating and air
conditioning systems, has signed on as a major sponsor
of a nationwide initiative to encourage young people to
join skilled trades. The program,
Generation Next, will help raise money from
companies and trade associations serving the home
construction and renovation industry to support
scholarships for students pursuing careers as heating,
ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) specialists and
plumbers, carpenters, electricians, roofers, and masons.
mikeroweWORKS Foundation will receive all funds
raised by the Generation Next campaign. Mike Rowe
started the foundation to help close the skills gap
caused by the aging of the current workforce and a
shrinking pool of new people entering the trades.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there
are currently 3.1 million unfilled skilled labor jobs
today with an additional 2.5 million expected by 2017.
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