Tractor Supply, Carhartt Make $150K Donation to SkillsUSA to Support Skilled Workforce Development

By Pet Age Staff//February 16, 2024//

Tractor Supply, Carhartt Make $150K Donation to SkillsUSA to Support Skilled Workforce Development

By: Pet Age Staff//February 16, 2024//

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Press release: Tractor Supply

Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, the Tractor Supply Company Foundation and Carhartt, America’s premium workwear brand, today announced a $150,000 donation to SkillsUSA to support its work preparing students for in-demand careers in the skilled trades. Tractor Supply and Carhartt representatives presented the donation during SkillsUSA Week, a nationwide event that provides state associations, advisors and student members the opportunity to promote SkillsUSA programs and activities at the local and state levels.

“The Support the Trades fundraiser, which aligns with our core values and commitment to supporting Life Out Here, has been impactful in so many ways. We are raising awareness around the critical need for more skilled workers, and at the same time raising funds for SkillsUSA, which is making huge strides in preparing the next generation of those workers,” said Marti Skold-Jordan, manager of the Tractor Supply Company Foundation. “This year, we were thrilled to draw even more attention to their important work by presenting the donation during SkillsUSA Week, a time when the organization makes a concerted effort to raise its profile and the community it serves. As proud supporters of agriculture and trade education, we are honored to partner with Carhartt to champion their programming and help close the skills gap.”

Tractor Supply and Carhartt launched the Support the Trades fundraiser in 2021, with a portion of sales from the Carhartt-designed collection going toward SkillsUSA. This year’s August event included shirts, hats, knit caps and more.

“We’re proud to continue working alongside Tractor Supply in support of SkillsUSA’s mission to develop the workforce and attract students to careers in the skilled trades,” said Susan Hennike, chief brand officer for Carhartt. “Carhartt has a longstanding history and commitment to hardworking people in the skilled trades and we look forward to seeing the impact this donation will have on providing students the tools and resources they need to close the skills gap and make their own histories.”

For several years, headlines have focused on the shortage of qualified workers able to fill positions in the skilled trades, including the construction, manufacturing, transportation, service and healthcare sectors. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as of August 2023, there were 616,000 total manufacturing job openings. Further, as manufacturing becomes increasingly automated, some industries, such as those engaged in battery and semiconductor production, are expected to have even more jobs to fill over the next ten years. Electrical, mechanical and automation technicians; CNC machinists; welders and maintenance mechanics will be in especially high demand.

“SkillsUSA is incredibly thankful for Tractor Supply’s and Carhartt’s dedication to our organization and the impact of our mission on students across the nation,” said Jason Scales, chief operating officer at SkillsUSA. “This collaboration exemplifies the power of partnership, benefitting all involved and making progress toward closing the skilled workers gap.”

SkillsUSA students hone their hands-on skills against current industry standards in more than 130 occupational areas, from 3-D Animation to welding, while also developing transformative career-readiness skills. With Support the Trades funding, SkillsUSA can expand its reach and offer its training capabilities to even more students.