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Fitton and Sons is holding Skilled Trades Signing Day

QUINCY – It was once said, “A skilled worker, no matter the job description, remains a treasure.”

That quote can be attributed to Madeleine M. Kunin, Vermont’s first female governor and once deputy secretary of education.

With that in mind, Fitton and Sons of Quincy hosted the second annual Skilled Traded Signing Day, an event that gave seniors who planned to enter a skilled trade, the military or directly into the workforce after graduation the opportunity to make their decisions known to make. after secondary school.

“We celebrate those kids who chose to enter the professions after school, those kids who decided college wasn’t an option or not for them,” TJay Fitton said. “We have a whole bunch of kids here celebrating their future, young men entering the workforce, future contractors, future electricians, future salespeople, kids who we think deserve recognition for the great things they do.”

This is the second year that Fitton and Sons has organized such an event. Last year more than 50 students registered, and despite battling the elements, just over 20 are doing the same this year.

Present were students who were going to do welding work, students who wanted to become electricians, sales employees and much more. Even the son of Fitton and Sons made his intentions known, when Nash Fitton, a senior at Quincy High School, announced his decision to join his father’s company to buy the “and Sons” portion of Fitton and Sons. to fulfill.

“I decided pretty early on that I wanted to work for my dad,” Fitton said. “So I’m going to get my contractor’s license and work here and one day become a business owner myself. At one point I was mowing yards and doing yard work and I thought about doing that, but the atmosphere just wasn’t great. I quickly came to the conclusion that no one will care about your interests as much as your father. He will always take care of me, he will always be there to take care of me, and he will always be there to make sure I have a good life because he didn’t have one and he wants to make sure I have a good life have. Sure, mine is great, and he goes out of his way to do just that. You can’t get a better boss than that.”

Also in attendance was Mike Rasmussen, director of the Branch Area Career Center, who believes communities cannot thrive without skilled trades.

“These children here are making life choices, choices that are the backbone of our communities,” Rasmussen said. “Some of these professions that these kids are going into, our community doesn’t thrive without them. This is a great opportunity to celebrate these children and the decision they have made.”

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More and more students are opting for vocational training as changes in the labor market leave some students pursuing a bachelor’s degree facing unpredictable or limited job opportunities and higher student debt.

The percentage of students entering professions has gradually grown in recent years, with more and more students seeking employment as electricians, HVAC technicians, pharmacy technicians, medical assistants, business administration, solar installations, cybersecurity, counseling and many more.

“We will continue to do this every year because we believe these kids deserve that moment and celebrate what they have done and what they choose to do,” Fitton said. “There is a high demand for skilled jobs and skilled workers, and what they are doing is simply amazing.”