Celebrate Diversity in Skilled Trades

  Edge Factor Team   |     March 02, 2022 |   4 minute read
Edge Factor Diversity in Skilled Trades Toolkit

March 2, 2022 - This spring, Edge Factor is celebrating Skilled Trades careers as we share real life stories of people from diverse backgrounds who have launched rewarding careers. During the months of March, April and May, you can equip educators, industry, and workforce leaders with high impact tools to showcase diverse people and careers in the skilled trades. The goal is to engage students and job-seekers, reach parents, and connect businesses and schools, and share the message that the skilled trades provide rewarding career opportunities for every community member.  Edge Factor’s Diversity in Skilled Trades Toolkit highlights inspirational stories of diverse people from diverse backgrounds, providing insights on their rewarding, skilled trades careers.


A skilled trade is a career path that merges hands-on work with specialty knowledge. Skilled trades workers keep our economy and lives moving forward, as they build and maintain infrastructures like homes, schools, hospitals, roads, farms, parks, and so much more. Skilled tradespeople ensure our critical industries continue to operate, as they perform many services that we rely on every day. Careers in the skilled trades span manufacturing, agriculture, construction, industrial, hospitality and service, automotive, electrical, HVAC, masonry, engineering, painting, culinary arts, child and youth workers, power generation, and so much more. The opportunities are endless and this toolkit is all about opening students’, parents’, and job-seekers’ eyes to the pathways available in today’s modern world.


The Diversity in Skilled Trades Toolkit 


The Diversity in Skilled Trades Toolkit is free for everyone to access, and includes high impact media that features skilled trades professionals from different cultural backgrounds, highlights how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) come alive in a variety of industries, and teaches the importance of soft skills like teamwork, problem solving, and lifelong learning. 


5 Reasons why YOU should join us in hosting a Diversity in Skilled Trades Event:


  1. Inspire students from diverse cultures to pursue careers in the skilled trades.

  2. Recruit students and job-seekers from diverse backgrounds to enroll in technical education training programs in high school and/or post-secondary. 

  3. Promote the inclusive culture of the Skilled Trades.

  4. Build relationships with companies, schools and families in the community. 

  5. Reach parents at home to change the narrative around skilled trades careers and training programs. 


Edge Factor’s mission is to guide students and job-seekers through a career exploration journey from, "I have no idea what to do with my life!" all the way to “I have browsed the opportunities, made informed decisions, and launched a local training and career pathway.” The team members at Edge Factor often say, “We run with runners and we turn silos into pillars.” Partnering with leaders in education and industry demonstrates the shared commitment to creating, sustaining and retaining a robust skilled trades workforce. Edge Factor empowers communities across North America to tackle workforce development, inspire students, reach parents, and build relationships between local companies, schools, and families. 


What are you waiting for? Register today.

The Diversity in Skilled Trades Toolkit  is available for FREE from March 1 to May 31, 2022.




This toolkit is available for FREE thanks to our partners National Electrical Manufacturers’ Association, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, National Tooling and Machining Association, Skills Ontario, ABB Motors & Mechanical Inc., and National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers.


For Edge Factor Premium members only:

This Toolkit will continue to be available for you all year as of March 1, 2022! Don’t forget, if you are an educator you can assign this content for your Classes and Students to watch the media and answer quizzes. This toolkit is paired with the Industry “Student Directed Activities” which is a great way to gain metrics and see your student responses too.


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If you are interested in learning more about what an Edge Factor membership can unlock, create your free account or register for an upcoming live webinar


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