Skills Gap

Let's close the skilled trades gap!

For generations, Caterpillar has supplied equipment, engines and dealer support to help build our infrastructure, schools, hospitals and more. On every job, we work side by side with America's skilled workers. We know them. We value them. We understand their importance to America's future.

Unfortunately, it's getting harder and harder to find workers in the skilled trades. Perceptions about these jobs are generally negative. Only one in three American parents encourage their child to enter a trade. Meanwhile, 80 percent of the Cat® workforce is dedicated to supporting and servicing equipment. We need skilled workers, but our ability to fill our ranks with qualified equipment techs is jeopardized.

This problem affects many American companies, American workers and the economy at large. Caterpillar wants to lead the way to a solution, and we need your help. We all have a chance to be a part of the solution. In support of this effort, Caterpillar has partnered with the mikeroweWORKS foundation, which seeks to raise awareness of the increasing skills gap in our country.

If we get good information into the hands of students and the people who influence them, we can start to change the way people think about the trades, and begin to make a dent in the skilled trades gap. Join us in our efforts to gain national awareness. Share this page—with your family, neighbors, co-workers, educators, community leaders and legislators or contact a dealer to start your journey.