Skilled to Work is a WTVA 9 News station initiative in the North Mississippi and West Alabama areas with the goal of changing the perception of working in the skilled trades. There is a severe shortage of skilled workers throughout our community. As the current workforce retires, there are not enough workers to replace them. For more than 30 years, we have been teaching our children that the only pathway to a career is by earning a 4-year college degree. We are facing a workforce crisis.
Through partnerships with multiple organizations and industries affiliated with the trades, we have begun to change the conversation. We are educating parents, teens, young adults and our community that the skilled trades are a viable career option with plenty of high paying jobs with excellent benefits and retirement packages.
Join WTVA 9 News as we bring you impact stories and resources about the resurgence of vocational training and workforce options in our community. Check back in with us here where stories will be posted and valuable resources will be shared.
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WTVA reporter Bronson Woodruff gives us a glimpse into the lives of paramedics in this week’s Skilled to Work.
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We have a look at how you can become an electrician in this week's Skilled to Work.
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American Furniture is looking to expand its production and bring in new employees in the Tupelo (Belden) and Pontotoc (Ecru) locations.
General contractors and their teams do construction work on homes and other buildings.
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WTVA reporter Bronson Woodruff spoke with the company about job openings and more.
A steel manufacturer with different locations wants to hire a lot of people right now.
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