Teens build boat and learn about skilled trades
Two nonprofits teach Milwaukee teens craftsmanship skills to address the decline in skilled trade workers. The B2L board decided to start with a construction-based project because that is where demands are the highest. However, the program also will provide students with a strong foundation for manufacturing jobs, said Danny Goldberg, B2L board executive. In the aftermath of the financial crisis and housing collapse, the construction industry saw a dip in employment. As the economy recovered, companies such as C.G. Schmidt struggled to find experienced workers.