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Upper Bucks businesses partner with vo-tech new programs to train the next generation

PHOTO/LOGAN BUTLER, UPPER BUCKS COUNTY TECHNICAL SCHOOL Brianna DiGiacomo, Upper Bucks County Technical School welding student from Quakertown High School, completes skill competencies in the newly renovated welding lab.

New programs and partnerships between Upper Bucks County Technical School in Bedminster Township and the local business community help young people earn and learn.

New programs and partnerships between Upper Bucks County Technical School in Bedminster Township and the local business community help young people earn and learn.

Traditional co-op programs may now feed new college initiatives to attract the next generation of skilled trades, supervisors, managers and business owners.

“We prepare kids for technical training who may come from family owned businesses or want to climb the leadership ladder,” said Cathleen Plesnarski, assistant director of Upper Bucks County Technical School.

Co-op mentoring programs, partnerships with the tech school, Bucks County Community College and its partners, such as Bloomsburg University, aim to provide students with management and leadership skills to fill existing and expected employment shortfalls to meet 21st century trade and manufacturing jobs.

David Yates is thrilled college programs are being offered to young adults interested in becoming supervisors and managers in trade industries because, along with a talent shortage, there’s a management shortage, too.

“These are fields with great opportunities, and you have to learn them from the ground up. There is a [severe] shortage of young workers in all areas to take over as older workers retire,” said Yates, who owns David Yates Electrical Service Inc., in Quakertown.

From paid or unpaid internships to business leader involvement in educational advisory roles, competitive industry workforce development means marketable skills can translate to stable, longtime employment with sustainable wages and the chance for career advancement.

Age-old models for learning a trade include paid work through co-op work programs, apprenticeships and moving through the skill ranks to master a trade.

They remain a mainstay in attracting and training new workers to such fields as manufacturing, welding, electrical, construction or pipe-fitting services.

Yates, an Upper Bucks County Technical School graduate, hires tech students through co-op, mentors novice employees and sits on the vo-tech’s industry advisory committee.

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