YBA Announcement

Skilled Trades Myth Busters


November 5, 2019 – YORK, PA – The York Builders Association recently released a series of videos designed to promote the many opportunities for career success within the skilled trades.

The videos were launched under the YBA WorkforceNOW© brand – a program committed to closing the skills gap and putting systems in place to help connect schools, students, parents, mentors and companies in the York County community in support of rebuilding the workforce.

The skilled labor shortage is currently at unprecedented levels with the gap between open jobs and workers available to step into those jobs about 1.1 million jobs wide. The number of available jobs will only continue to increase as Baby Boomers retire, putting the estimated number of skilled trades jobs available by 2028 at 3 million. With workers in high demand, the salaries for skilled trade jobs continue to increase and many skilled trade jobs offer on-the-job training with little or no education expense.

According to 2019 YBA President and YBA WorkforceNOW Committee Chair Shonna Cardello “College is not for everyone and there are literally thousands of high-paying jobs that do not require a college degree. There are employers right here in York County offering on-the-job training, paid apprenticeships, and highly sought-after skills sets that provide an excellent alternative to college and long-term student loan debt.”

The video series features members of the York Builders Association and local organizations committed to the WorkforceNOW efforts focused on educating students, parents and teachers about the many stable and rewarding options for successful careers in the trades.

In collaboration with the York Builders Association, the videos were produced by Richard Prensner Video Production in Harrisburg, PA.

Links to Video Series

Debunking Skilled Trades Myths

Trade Apprenticeships – Earn While You Learn a Trade

Can I Do More Than Swing a Hammer or Use a Shovel?

Stable and Satisfying Jobs Don’t Necessarily Require A Degree

Can Women Be Successful in a Trades Career?

Are Skilled Trades Jobs Meaningful?

Fulfilling Careers Don’t Have to Require a Lifetime of Debt – Compilation Video


About YBA

The York Builders Association is a non-profit organization chartered in 1964 and affiliated with the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The mission of the York Builders Association is to advocate for the building industry by promoting standards of ethics, and education and services to benefit members and the community. For more information, contact the York Builders Association at 717-767-2444 or www.yorkbuilders.com.