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May 2022: Professional Trades Month

WHEREAS, across the nation, many highly skilled workers in a multitude of professional trades in the construction, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, mobility, and service industries fulfill critical needs in businesses; and, 

WHEREAS, the professional trades community bind our country as we rely on these very people to produce and repair our cars, build our electrical vehicle future, install and fix plumbing, build our roads and homes, draw our blood, care for our children while we work, and make sure our computer networks run efficiently, among many other duties; and, 

WHEREAS, as Michigan's economy continues to grow and become more competitive, it is necessary for Michigan to promote, support, and educate the men and women who have chosen one of many essential skilled careers; and, 

WHEREAS, professional trades are in high demand in Michigan; and, 

WHEREAS, professional trades will account for nearly 530,000 jobs in the Michigan economy through 2028, and approximately 47,000 job openings are expected annually in the state during that time; and, 

WHEREAS, opportunities exist in a variety of in-demand and emerging industries including construction, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, mobility, and many other career fields that require postsecondary education and training through registered apprenticeship; and, 

WHEREAS, Michigan has a strong history of professional skilled trade apprenticeship programs that train the majority of DOL registered apprentices across multiple industries, and efforts like the State Apprenticeship Expansion program build on this foundation by addressing the skilled talent needs of employers through pathways to high-skill, high-wage, in-demand jobs for Michiganders; and,

WHEREAS, during the month of May, we join the rest of the nation in honoring those in the professional trades, showing the value of professional trades, and focusing on promoting educational opportunities and career awareness; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2022 as Professional Trades Month in Michigan.