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SkillsUSA and its partners will celebrate SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 4, honoring high school and college/postsecondary students who are dedicated to pursuing a career in the skilled trades. The nationwide event will recognize these students for their dedication to career readiness and their commitment to future career plans. Up to 100 SkillsUSA schools are expected to participate in the 2021 event — most virtually, but some holding in-person events — honoring CTE students across the country. This year's partners for SkillsUSA Signing Day are Home Depot, Klein Tools, 84 Lumber and NC3.
"SkillsUSA's National Signing Day salutes students who have expressed their commitment to a fulfilling and rewarding career in the skilled trades," says Chelle Travis, SkillsUSA's executive director. "Because of our incredible partner support, National Signing Day will generate even more awareness that the skilled trades offer viable and rewarding career paths for all students." SkillsUSA is committed to strengthening the skilled workforce. By empowering the next generation of workers to enter the trades, the organization can help close the skills gap while presenting robust career opportunities for young workers who enjoy challenging work that offers stability and long-term benefits.
On Signing Day, the students will be recognized at formal ceremonies at their schools by administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA advisors, family and friends for making the decision to pursue their career in the skilled trades, a sector in high demand that continues to face an immense labor shortage. In a fashion similar to signing day events for student athletes who commit to a college or team, students will be applauded as they announce career plans and sign letters of intent for a job offer, apprenticeship or further technical training. Throughout the day, skilled trades supporters nationwide can participate virtually or in-person to share their encouragement for these future workers and these efforts will be amplified by media outreach.
Home Depot, Klein Tools and 84 Lumber will each sponsor events.