GetMassWorking.org is an organization dedicated to solving the trade labor shortage crisis in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by reforming existing laws and regulations and expanding trades training and licensing opportunities.
With 30% of licensees approaching retirement age in the next 5-7 years and with each Journeyman or Master tradesperson only able to train 1 apprentice every 5 years on average, it is mathematically impossible to replace retiring licensees at a fast enough rate to support the increasing demand for licensed tradespeople.
Currently, and as a result of this shortage, graduating vocational students in Massachusetts, who are expecting to become apprentices, are unable to be matched with licensed counterparts. Every year fewer and fewer of those qualified to apprentice, are actually able to find an apprenticeship. Even though the government has made vocational training a priority and funneled millions of dollars into education and training, they have failed to balance the other side of the equation with common sense licensing that gets people working. We aim to change this.
More licensed trades means better quality work and improved safety
With licensed trades, you know the quality of work you will be getting because it is backed up by years of mandated training, testing and experience. Without enough licensed trades, employers and consumers are turning to unlicensed workers who aren’t qualified or don’t have the skills needed. This translates to poor quality work and risks the safety of everyone.
How this crisis is affecting our community
Our new house’s hidden problems
A few months after we bought our first home, we started having water problems. The house inspection had come back clean, and the house wasn’t that old. We called a licensed plumber to come and take a look. He was able to track down the problem quickly - finding hidden plumbing work that was not up to code and definitely not inspected. We were lucky that he was able to get here quickly, because the leaks were right above our electrical and it could have gotten much worse.
Mary - Boston