- The National Federation of Independent Business recently cited the NUMBER ONE problem of its members: “The shortage of skilled, trained workers.”
- The skills employers are desperate for are not only technical skills, but also EMPLOYABILITY skills (teamwork, communications, leadership, goal-setting, etc.).
- National nonprofit organization for high school and college students enrolled in trade, technical, industrial and health occupations programs.
- More than 300,000 members in all 50 states and three U.S. territories (Guam, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico).
- More than 7,000 members in Tennessee
SkillsUSA brings together educators, administrators, corporate America, labor organizations, trade associations and government in a coordinated effort to address America’s need for a globally competitive skilled work force.
The SkillsUSA Mission:
To empower our student members to become world-class workers and responsible American citizens.
Our Core Values:
Integrity, Responsibility, Citizenship, Service and Respect
Our mission is accomplished through our Program of Work…
- These programs teach employability skills, including communication skills, ethics, conflict resolution, time management, goal-setting, and more.
- Instills lifetime commitment to community service.
- Promotes goodwill and understanding among all segments of a community.
- Teaches the importance of teamwork.
- Increase cooperation in the school and community.
- Improve self-esteem by providing healthy outlets.
- Students feel like they are part of a team.
Ways and Means
- Chapter fundraising activities to support the chapter’s yearly projects.
- Help change public misconceptions and stereotypes of technical education students and programs.
- Make the public aware of the value of strong technical education programs in our school systems.
- Students offered job shadowing, mentoring, apprenticeship opportunities.
- Increased student awareness of career options, quality job practices and attitudes.
- Increased opportunities for employer contact and eventual employment.
- Competitions occur on the local, district, state, national, and international levels.
- Competitions conduction in occupational (hard) skills AND leadership (employability or soft) skills.
- Business and Industry set the contest standards through technical committee involvement.
SkillsUSA Showcases your School
- Showcases the school to the community through student activity and service to others.
- Helps instructors meet educational standards.
- Improves the quality of training programs.
- Helps produce more qualified graduates.
- Assists with recruitment and enrollment.
- Provides avenues for state and national recognition.
Administrators are Key to the Success of the SkillsUSA Program!
Ways to Get Involved
- Encourage instructors to get involved in the SkillsUSA program early in the school year.
- Recognize instructors and students for their SkillsUSA achievements through bulletin boards or showcases, in newsletters, the school TV broadcast or daily announcements.
- Support travel to state or national SkillsUSA events (and go with the group, if you can).
- Help explore or provide funding sources for SkillsUSA training opportunities and educational materials.