Lincolnshire-based manufacturer Klein Tools will be a key sponsor for "National Signing Day 2019," a new program to recognize high school students nationwide who will pursue careers in skilled trades.
The first National Signing Day will be held on May 8. The program will be administered by SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit partnership of schools, teachers and industries that was created to eliminate the jobs gap in the trades industries.
Like programs that target high school athletes who commit to play with colleges, high school seniors will be recognized by school administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA advisors, family and friends for making the decision to pursue a career in the skilled trades. Seniors will sign "letters of intent" for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training.
"This program celebrates high school students nationwide and acknowledges their commitment to a fulfilling and rewarding career in the skilled trades," said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence.
Klein Tools, a 160-year-old manufacturer of professional-grade hand tools, is a title sponsor of National Signing Day 2019.
"Right now, six out of 10 open skilled production positions are unfilled due to the shortage of workers," said Klein Tools Co-President Mark Klein. "Klein Tools is committed to strengthening the skilled workforce. By empowering the next generation of workers to enter the trades, we can help close the skills gap, while presenting robust career opportunities for young workers who enjoy challenging work that offers stability and long-term benefits."
Participating students will receive a Klein Tools signing kit, which includes a hat, T-shirt, and a pair of Klein Tools pliers. The students will also have the opportunity to purchase a full Klein Tools starter set at a discounted price, courtesy of The Home Depot.
"This generosity reinforces The Home Depot's commitment to outfitting and training 20,000 new tradespeople by 2028 to help fill the U.S. labor and skills gap," Klein said.