Survey Shows Gen Z Students Are Interested in Skills Learning Over Four-Year Degrees

August 31, 2020

Being a student in 2020 has brought a lot of changes, to say the least. On top of adjusting to remote learning, schools across the country are starting to see their students’ post-graduation goals change. More and more students view trade careers as a viable career option over traditional four-year college degrees.

ECMC Group and VICE Media conducted a national survey this spring to learn about high school students’ perceptions of higher education and career goals.

Jeremy Wheaton, president and CEO of ECMC Group said to HVAC Insider, “This study shows that today’s students are incredibly resilient and resolute in their desire to forge their own path when it comes to education. It also illustrates that they have a keen understanding of the need for skills-based training and lifelong learning, which are integral to succeeding now and in the future.”

Standout statistics from the study include…

  • Worries about Student Debt
    64% of participants worry about how they’ll pay for higher education
  • Value in Skills Training
    74% believe a skills-based education (e.g., trade skills, nursing, etc.) makes sense in today’s world
    61% said the top place to learn is on the job
  • Confidence in the Future
    84% believe their job prospects are equal to or better than their parents’ generation

Consider a Career in the Bioheat®, Oil & HVAC Industry in Massachusetts

The Bioheat, oil and HVAC industry has so much to offer for Gen Z graduates who want to secure a rewarding, well-paying job that is based in skills training and provides opportunities to grow a lasting career in Massachusetts. In fact, the energy industry directly correlates with the goals shared by survey participants.

  • Worries about Student Debt
    Trade school and certification training for jobs in the energy industry do not require a four-year degree. Depending on the job, programs can range from six months to two years. Plus, when compared with four-year colleges, trade school and related training requires significantly less financial investment.
  • Value in Skills Training
    Jobs in the energy industry are hands-on and skills-based. Positions like HVAC service technician and fuel delivery driver combine skills learning and on-the-job training. Plus, all entry-level jobs have growth opportunity and increased earning potential.
  • Confidence in the Future
    Fuel and HVAC companies in Massachusetts are looking for qualified applicants now. The industry continues to grow and specific advancements in Bioheat® fuel and high-efficiency HVAC technologies promote longevity for years to come.

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