Skilled Trades Playbook by At Your Best

By Juan Carosso

Skilled Trades Playbook presents the candid conversations between the host - Juan Carosso - and folks either successfully working in the Skilled Trades or working in some capacity to help those in the trades to build great careers or thriving small businesses in the Skilled Trades. In these conversations, folks offer their real-world advice, insights, and opinions on how others can succeed in the trades. The intention of the Skilled Trades Playbook podcast series is to bring together voices on all sides of the Skilled Trades/Skills Gap issues to create a broader dialogue about the local, actionable steps folks can take to help close the Skills Gap for themselves, for their families, and for their communities.

  1. 1.
    Ep. 032 - The 3rd session of "Conversations with the Tattooed Electrician" with Donny Metcalf on how to successfully differentiate yourself at the journey level
    41:23
  2. 2.
    Ep. 031 - The 2nd session of "Conversations with the Tattooed Electrician" with Donny Metcalf - Master Electrician discussing what it takes to succeed as an apprentice.
    26:00
  3. 3.
    Ep. 030 - Our first "Conversation with the Tattooed Electrician" Donny Metcalf - Master Electrician, with intro to future planned conversations.
    20:12
  4. 4.
    Ep. 029 - Recent FAME graduate talks about what it takes to be selected along with what it's like to go through and graduate from the FAME program.
    29:19
  5. 5.
    Ep. 028 - The very real, economic impact on local and regional communities from launching a local FAME chapter to train Advanced Manufacturing Techs.
    43:44
  6. 6.
    Ep. 027 - Insights and advice from three veterans on how to successfully transition from military service to the civilian workforce.
    38:26
  7. 7.
    Ep. 026 - Continuing education for those who go through the FAME program (Federation for Advanced Mfg. Ed.) You can also earn a Bachelor's degree in Business Mgmt. or Lean Operations & Supply Chain Mgmt., while working, typically paid for by employers.
    25:12
  8. 8.
    Ep. 025 - American Diesel Training Centers has created an innovative training infrastructure that provides students with world-class training and employers with world-class, trained diesel technicians. Call with Tim Spurlock - President of ADTC.
    1:01:12
  1. 9.
    Ep. 024 - Employment services agency delivering great results for job-seekers and employers plus a world-class employment research institute working with the community to help close the Skills Gap. Call with Ben Damerow of Michigan Works! Southwest
    19:35
  2. 10.
    Ep. 023 - Success in training Advanced Manufacturing Techs through the FAME program with proven, repeatable results. Conversation with Robbie Heinrich of KYFAME
    42:33
  3. 11.
    Ep. 022 - Up to 100% FREE post-high school education for graduates of local public schools. The Kalamazoo Promise led the way showing how concerned folks can change lives and their community. Conversation with Von Washington of the Kalamazoo Promise
    36:03
  4. 12.
    Ep. 021 - Dynamic programs and opportunities available to SkillsUSA members so they can gain real-world experience in the Skilled Trades. Call with Tim Lawrence - Executive Director of SkillsUSA
    26:54
  5. 13.
    Ep. 20 - A short episode with advice from a successful plumber to anyone wanting to enter and be successful in the Skilled Trades. Excerpt from Ep. 013 conversation with Spence Rogers.
    9:08
  6. 14.
    Ep. 019 - How Lowe's and its 60+ partners are leveraging the Generation T movement to change perceptions concerning careers in the Skilled Trades. A conversation with Mike Mitchell - Sr. Director of Trade Skills & Learning Development at Lowe's
    32:01
  7. 15.
    Ep. 018 - Helping hundreds of folks dealing with homelessness, substance abuse, and/or criminal pasts to turn around their situations to find great jobs in the Skilled Trades. Conversation with Luke Kujacznski - Executive Director of Urban Alliance
    45:49
  8. 16.
    Ep. 017 - 44 yr. old single Mom who went back for her GED and is now on track to become an Advanced Mfg. Tech. Call with ShuJuanna Hayes in the FAME program
    28:12
  9. 17.
    Ep. 016 - Further discussion of the programs and support offered by National Association of Women in Construction to its members. Call with Jennifer Sproul - Northeast Region Director & NAWIC National Board Member
    18:56
  10. 18.
    Ep. 015 - Career support and networking opportunities for women working in all sectors of the Construction Industry. Call with Erin Adkins-Oury - President-elect of NW AR chapter of National Association of Women in Construction
    18:24
  11. 19.
    Ep. 014 - Conversation about the programs, support and tangible opportunities available through the Associated Builders and Contractors. Call with John Morris - President of the Ohio Valley ABC
    35:29
  12. 20.
    Ep. 013 - College drop-out who knew college wasn't for him. Instead, he became a plumber and a very successful business owner. Call with Spence Rogers of Rain City Plumbing in Seattle
    42:09
  13. 21.
    Ep. 011 - Running a successful family contracting business and succession planning. Call with Jeff Markway - Retired General Contractor in St. Louis area
    34:51
  14. 22.
    Ep. 012 - Effective planning for and executing transition from military to civilian workforce. Call with Matt Franz - Army Veteran building a great career in Supply Chain Management
    37:16
  15. 23.
    Ep. 009 - How to build a successful, one-man contractor business long-term. Call with Garth Bauknecht - General Contractor in the Atlanta area
    52:52
  16. 24.
    Ep. 010 - Midwest regional school district excelling at helping to close the Skills Gap by working in community for tangible, measurable, and repeatable results. Call with Dave Campbell - Superintendent of Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency
    33:36
  17. 25.
    Ep. 008 - Former media professional driving local effort to help other parents, their kids and the community understand and navigate the opportunities in the Skilled Trades. Call with Terry Bierwirth - My Work My Future
    21:06
  18. 26.
    Ep. 006 - Innovative, new thinking and approach to hiring and getting hired in the construction trades. Call with Josh Munns & Josh Denton of Ground Up Construct
    39:58
  19. 27.
    Ep. 005 - How to become a welder and take advantage of the worldwide demand for qualified welders. Call with Chris Schuler - Training Director at Tulsa Welding School
    24:40
  20. 28.
    Ep. 007 - Starting over from scratch to become an electrician and be really happy in your career. Call with Trent Hornbeck - Electrician, Utility Crew Chief, & Trainer/Educator
    36:49
  21. 29.
    Ep. 004 - Midwest town doing extraordinary work to help close the Skills Gap by working together for measurable results. Call with Bobby Hopewell - Mayor of Kalamazoo, MI
    28:52
  22. 30.
    Ep. 003 - Candid, humorous conversation about what it takes to succeed long term as a small remodeling contractor. Call with Larry Kron - General Contractor from Seattle
    40:31
  23. 31.
    Ep. 002 - Unique junior college preparing underprivileged young men for great careers in the Skilled Trades - free-of-charge. Call with Mike Rounds - President of Williamson College of the Trades
    45:27
  24. 32.
    Ep. 001 - Skilled Trades Playbook: Introduction
    11:48

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