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Why Virginians continue to turn to skilled trades ⚒️

Did you know? In the skilled trades sector, there’s a wide gap between open positions and the amount of qualified workers.

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Woodfin encourages its employees to grow and develop, providing all of the resources they need to do so.

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62%. That’s the percentage of companies currently struggling to fill positions in the skilled trades industry. Why? Companies are still feeling the effects of the pandemic — and more positions are opening due to aging workers looking to retire, which leaves even more positions to fill.

The good news: The skilled trades industry as a whole is expected to grow 10% by 2028. However, demand for workers continues to outpace supply.

Read: If you’re unemployed, recently graduated, or looking to switch jobs, now is a good time to consider the skilled trades industry. Richmond-based company Woodfin - Your Home Team specializes in home services + maintenance needs like heating and air conditioning, electrical, plumbing + more — and can also help potential pros get started in the field:

  • Apprenticeship: An apprenticeship with Woodfin typically involves a combination of full-time employment and trade school over the course of four years. Woodfin’s apprentices have the opportunity to work a standard 40-hour work week to support themselves and their families while attending trade school one or two nights per week. Trade school for apprentices is paid for 100% by Woodfin.
  • Road Map: Woodfin offers its technicians a clear direction on professional growth throughout their entire careers. From an entry-level apprentice to a Master Technician, the Road Map shows employees what skills they can gain to further their career. Each technician travels at their own pace; they can grow and develop as quickly as they would like.
  • Benefits: Employees are offered a range of affordable + extensive benefits plans, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, contributions to retirement and 401K, wellness workshops, and more.
  • Culture: Woodfin’s culture may very well be its most valuable asset. It’s built on the company’s core values of humility, integrity, and respect.
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Another benefit of working at Woodfin? An Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which provides employees with financial, mental health, legal, and other resources.

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Interested in joining the Woodfin team? Talk with them about what path works best for you, whether that’s an apprenticeship (best for those with little to no experience) or straight to the application if you meet the outlined qualifications. There’s open registration for the program in the fall and spring.

Apply for open positions (including Plumbing Technicians, HVAC Service Techs, Generator Maintenance Techs, and more) or refer someone who might be a good fit.*

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