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Stanley Black & Decker 2022 Makers Index: What's Keeping Young People from the Skilled Trades?

Stanley Black & Decker 2022 Makers Index: What's Keeping Young People from the Skilled Trades?

Published 04-08-22

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Skilled laborers and tradespeople have a deep, profound history in the U.S., serving as the engine that has built our country's infrastructure and economy, dating back to the very founding of this country. In fact, even George Washington served an apprenticeship to become a land surveyor.

Today, this need is as critical as ever, with demand for additional housing, alternative energy, new means of transportation, and a rapidly expanding digital infrastructure that has been the basis for remote work during the pandemic.

Yet, there is currently an acute need for these valued workers. A projected 650,000 construction jobs are open in the U.S. alone, and 10 million manufacturing jobs are unfilled worldwide.

A major reason why? Young high school graduates aren’t entering the trades.

Stanley Black & Decker created the Makers Index, a survey that aims to get to the bottom of what’s driving this gap. Two indexes, Knowledge & Perception Index and the Advocacy Index, will track progress in increasing awareness and drawing new workers to the skilled trades.

By 2030, Stanley Black & Decker plans to enable 10 million creators and makers to thrive in a changing world, innovate our products to enhance the lives of 500 million people, and, be carbon positive in its global operations.

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Headquartered in the USA, Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) is the world’s largest tool company operating nearly 50 manufacturing facilities across America and more than 100 worldwide. Guided by its purpose –for those who make the world –the company’s more than 60,000 diverse and high-performing employees produce innovative, award-winning power tools, hand tools, storage, digital tool solutions, lifestyle products, outdoor products, engineered fasteners and other industrial equipment to support the world’s makers, creators, tradespeople and builders. The company’s iconic brands include DEWALT, BLACK+DECKER, CRAFTSMAN, STANLEY, Cub Cadet, Hustler and Troy-Bilt. Recognized for its leadership in environmental, social and governance (ESG), Stanley Black & Decker strives to be a force for good in support of its communities, employees, customers and other stakeholders. Learn more at

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Stanley Black & Decker is a $14 billion revenue, purpose-driven industrial organization. Stanley Black & Decker has 61,000 employees in more than 60 countries and operates the world's largest tools and storage business, the world's second largest commercial electronic security company, a leading engineered fastening business as well as Oil & Gas and Infrastructure businesses. The company's iconic brands include Black & Decker, Bostitch, CRAFTSMAN, DEWALT, FACOM, Irwin, Lenox, Porter Cable and Stanley. Stanley Black & Decker is a company for the makers and innovators, the craftsmen and the caregivers, and those doing the hard work to make the world a better place.

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