• Generation NEXT

  • What exactly does Generation NEXT mean? It’s a program spearheaded by This Old House proudly supporting the mikeroweWORKS Foundation and working to close the skills gap by encouraging young people to master the vocational trades that built this country.

    Our very own Randy Sorrell got to hear Kevin O’Connor, host of This Old House and Ask This Old House, present DesignBites while attending KBIS in Orlando.

    Did you know over the next 8 years, there will be 7 million new jobs produced in the trades industry? The problem is that it is very difficult to fill the positions due to the skill gap. Programs like Generation NEXT put a focus on skilled trades and spearhead the nationwide effort to increase the pipeline of skilled workers in America.

    Right here in Central Indiana many are doing their part to excite the the younger generation about jobs within skilled trades. Recently the Hamilton County Business Magazine featured an article titled: Building a Workforce – Construction Industry Confronts Labor Shortage.

    It noted, “while Hamilton County has, for the most part, recovered from the housing crisis of 2008, one industry continues to feel the impact of it every day: the construction industry.” We’d have to say the landscape industry also is feeling the pain.

    Math, geometry, technical thought processes, electrical and plumbing are just a few of the skills called upon in a typical outdoor living project. Positions going empty impacts our ability to meet the growing demand of new projects. There are so many facets of landscape design/build now, we wish more students knew that entry level careers start out around $25 per hour, with leaders, managers and small business owners earning considerably more.

    We’re proud to be doing our part to address the shortage, as well. On February 21, 2018, along with our friends at the Indiana Design Center, we’ll be hosting A Better Career Fair, present by Home Artisans of Indiana. It’s a perfect opportunity to explore a great career in home construction and home services right here in Central Indiana.