Here in Humboldt county construction jobs are plentiful. Yet, many are unfilled. A few weeks back I attended a workshop that was hosted by the Humboldt County Office of Education. Also attending were numerous leaders of the construction industry. The desired outcome was how best to attract high school graduates to the construction industry. Here, and across the country there is a huge shortage of skilled workers. Mike Rowe, the face of Dirty Jobs (Discovery Channel), calls it the jobs gap. Political leaders talk alot about creating jobs, but that's not the problem. There are plenty of "shovel ready" jobs, but there aren't enough workers to fill them. According to Rowe the unfilled construction jobs exceeds 5 million. Rowe also laments that we've raised a generation of people who no longer value hard work, or aren't interested in a blue collar skill. They like the results of what those skills accomplish, just not actually learning or doing the skill.
Today, more than ever, the our country needs skilled plumbers, electricians, fitters, HVAC workers, etc. We need to make hard work cool again.
Mapleservice is Humboldt County's resource for skilled, hard working plumbers. Located in Eureka, Arcata, Mckinleyville, and Fortuna.
Submitted by Dale Maples