Lowe's program called Gen T aims to de-stigmatize the trades industry, giving trainees greater resources and establishing networks to help them advance their careers

Home improvement giant Lowe's is debuting a workforce development network that has a two main goals: to educate young people and students in trade jobs like construction while also working to build a group of skilled tradespeople to support its consumer base.

Lowe's states the network is part of its desire to enable economic mobility in Charlotte, North Carolina, providing access to high school students to trades that offer them a viable alternative to college and grant them greater economic opportunity. Named Gen T, the program will focus on donating the necessary tools and other resources to those studying and training in trade, as well as create communities and networks for future workers to find internships and other opportunities.

Mike Mitchell, Lowe's skilled trades director, intends for the program to de-stigmatize perspectives on skilled trades like plumbing or carpentry, wanting to encourage young people interested in the field to pursue the path with the knowledge that the right training can offer them successful and well-paying careers. Furthermore, Lowe's wants to better understand other factors holding people back from entering this industry, as professionals like contractors and their businesses are some of the retailer's primary customers. In addition to helping educate potential tradespeople, the program has already donated tools to local schools to further support training.

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Home improvement giant Lowe's is debuting a workforce development network that has a two main goals: to educate young people and students in trade jobs like construction while also working to build a group of skilled tradespeople to support its consumer base.

Lowe's states the network is part of its desire to enable economic mobility in Charlotte, North Carolina, providing access to high school students to trades that offer them a viable alternative to college and grant them greater economic opportunity. Named Gen T, the program will focus on donating the necessary tools and other resources to those studying and training in trade, as well as create communities and networks for future workers to find internships and other opportunities.