JLC LIVE New England and This Old House

Join Together to Rebuild the Trades

Today, 93% of trade pros report they could grow their business if they had more skilled labor and 62% agree there is a shortage in construction talent. JLC LIVE New England and This Old House Generation Next have teamed up again in 2020 to promote skilled trade professions and motivate young people to pursue these rewarding and lucrative careers. We’re working together to connect building trades students with our contractor attendees in needs of labor and willing to put in a little extra time to teach an eager young person their craft. Through outreach to the surrounding building trades instructors and schools, we’ll identify and invite top students, focusing on those currently, or soon to be, job searching. The hosts of This Old House Generation Next will be on hand to share their personal experiences working with apprentices and inspire the tradesmen and women of tomorrow. We’re looking for a limited number of manufacturers to support our efforts, while providing some fun and inspiration at the show!

JLC LIVE Trade Student Program
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

We’ll gather trade students and instructors for an inspiring and impressive line-up of some of the industry’s top talent who’ll speak to the value and rewards of careers in the trades. Special guests will headline this event where we’ll motivate and inspire these young students to continue their studies in the skilled trades. 

Special guests include:

  • Jeff Sweenor, President and CEO of Sweenor Builders; cast member of This Old House
  • Riley Partridge, cabinet maker Sweenor Builders
  • Kyle Stumpenhorst, Custom Post Frame Builder, RR Buildings 
  • Aaron Butt, Carpenter and former instructor
  • Rob Robillard, owner A Concord Carpenter
  • Dave Brefini, former teacher and now apprentice with A Concord Carpenter
  • Susy Easterly, lead carpenter at Teakwood Builders 
  • Lasana Harper, apprentice carpenter with NS Builders

JLC LIVE Welcome Party
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
At the end of a great day at the show, we’ll gather our attendees for a fun networking event. Before beginning our raffle for some great prizes, and other special guests will again speak to the importance of rebuilding the trades.

This Old House Small Business Panel
SATURDAY, AUGUST 29 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join Chris Ermides from This Old House as he headlines a panel of business pros as they share their secrets to success, including:

At the close of the event, a donation will be made by JLC LIVE to the mikeroweWORKS Work Ethics scholarship,
a program that helps the next generation of aspiring skilled workers who will work smart and hard.

Are you looking to connect with fresh talent eager to get to work? These students need solid mentors to not only help them get better at their craft, but also someone who will show them why they will love a career in the trades.

If you fit the bill, please click the button below to see a list with contact information for this year's and 2019's participating schools who brought apprentice-ready students. 

Are you an instructor for a vocational school/program interested in bringing in a group of students who are 17 and above (unless special request are made) who are ready to start an apprenticeship? Click the button to fill out the group registration form. Younger students and students not quite ready to apprentice are still welcome. Just highlight the students who are apprentice ready! Please contact us if you have questions regarding students who qualify.

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