For the past several years, Hope 4 America has been dedicated to exposing Detroit youth to the opportunities in the skilled trades.

The term "skilled trades" is defined as occupations that require a special skill, knowledge or ability which can be obtained at a college, technical school or through specialized training, which basically includes the majority of occupations in the workplace, from office and administrative, computer programming, coding and design, to personal care providers and specialty services.

Skilled Trades are careers that often require less schooling and debt than a four-year degree. These jobs are in demand for fields like healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, construction and automotive. Once seen exclusively as a world of manual labor, today’s Skilled Trades jobs offer a wide array of opportunities for high school and community college students.


Currently, employers in Michigan are now seeking talent to fill these roles more than ever before. With the skills you develop through professional trades careers, you can earn a great salary and benefits sooner than you imagined. 

Since skilled trades provide an alternative to jobs that require four years of college education, apprenticeships are a wise choice when planning for a career and Michigan is among the national leaders in apprenticeships. 


The state is actively working to grow the number of opportunities so more students gain in-demand skills without extensive tuition debt while employers get the talent they need to grow and thrive, creating more and better jobs.