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Philadelphia Phillies, NEST launch Skilled Trades All-Star Program for youth

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The Skilled Trades All-Star Program guide is designed to guide Philadelphia-area youth towards promising careers in the skilled trades.

The Philadelphia Phillies and integrated facilities management company NEST have teamed up to guide Philadelphia-area youth towards promising careers in the skilled trades.

The initiative, called the Skilled Trades All-Star Program, is designed to combat the stigma around the trades and inspire the next generation of the labor force. It kicks off with a series of educational events at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park at which local students will gain hands-on experience in the trades. 

 On April 24, students from Mercy Career & Technical High School will visit Citizens Bank Park to learn the trades required to operate a major league baseball stadium. Subsequent events are scheduled for Aug. 1, with participants from MyWIC, an all-girls construction camp. These future industry professionals will learn the intricacies of stadium operations, covering aspects from HVAC and groundskeeping to carpentry and maintenance.

“Partnering with NEST allows us to inspire future generations right here at the home of the Phillies,” said Carolyn DiGiuseppe, general manager of facility services at Citizens Bank Park for Oak View Group (OVG). “The Skilled Trades All-Star Program isn't just about a single day at the ballpark. It’s it's about sparking a lifelong interest in the trades that build and sustain our communities. This is a great opportunity for students to go behind the scenes and experience firsthand the impact of the building trades on the day-to-day operation of the ballpark."

The urgency for such programs is underscored by a report from Associated Builders and Contractors, which indicates the construction industry needs to hire an additional 500,000 workers in 2024 alone to meet labor demands. 

The need prompted NEST, which is based in South Jersey, to help establish the  Skilled Trades Advisory Council (STAC) in 2023, uniting industry experts across the country to champion skilled trades as viable and rewarding career choices. The Skilled Trades All-Star Program is a direct extension of STAC's mission, seeking to illuminate the path for youth toward these essential roles.

“Rejuvenating the skilled trades has been a priority for us at NEST and the founding members of the Skilled Trades Advisory Council, and we are making incredible progress,” said Rob Almond, CEO of NEST. “The Phillies share our passion for the trades and will play a key role in helping shed light on these amazing career opportunities for the next generation.”

Founded in 1994, NEST delivers day-to-day tactical management of facilities, financial consulting, analytics, project management, and construction for major multi-site brands across North America.

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