Plumbing v. Harvard: Why Craft Training Beats College

0 July 30, 2013  The Skills Gap, Uncategorized

Are you better off going to Harvard or joining a construction craft training or apprenticeship program and becoming a plumber?

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is betting on plumbers.

According to a May article from MSN Money Bloomberg answered a question during his weekly radio address:

“Compare a plumber to going to Harvard College; being a plumber, actually for the average person, probably would be the better deal.”

And the numbers agree with him:

It’s a clear message to students and parents: construction craft training is a viable career path and college isn’t always the answer.

A craft trainee competes in ABC's National Craft Championships

A craft trainee competes in ABC’s National Craft Championships

Kinsey Cooper

Kinsey Cooper

Contributor since July 2013

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