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This Veterans Day, as the nation pays tribute to the bravery and sacrifices of its military veterans, it's also a moment to recognize their indispensable role in addressing the burgeoning skilled trades gap. Amid a growing shortage of skilled trades professionals, Ferguson, one the largest plumbing distributors in the country, stands at the forefront of initiatives to bridge this critical gap.
The Skilled Trades Gap: A National Challenge
The skilled trade gap is an escalating concern across the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2029, there will be an estimated 1.4 million skilled trades job openings due to retirements and economic growth. Not addressing the shortage could lead to higher costs for businesses and consumers, reduced competitiveness and slower economic growth.
In the face of these statistics, Ferguson has actively recruited and trained veterans to bolster the skilled trades workforce. Meet Keith Germain, a fabrication associate at Ferguson's Chicopee, Massachusetts, branch, whose journey from the military to the skilled trades exemplifies the remarkable potential of veterans in this field.
From the Service to the Skilled Trades: Germain's Journey
Germain is a remarkable individual with an extensive background in military service. Serving as an Army Infantryman and then enlisting later in the Air Force, he completed three deployments in Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. His military experience instilled in him qualities such as innovative thinking, resilience and teamwork.
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