Stanley Black & Decker Launches Training Grants

Stanley Black & Decker is launching a five-year, up to $25 million commitment to fund vocational skills training and re-skilling programs in the construction and manufacturing sectors. Beginning October 1, non-profits around the globe can apply for grants as part of the ‘Empower Makers’ Global Impact Challenge.’ The program is a critical component of Stanley Black & Decker's corporate social responsibility program that includes a goal to empower 10 million makers by the year 2030. The challenge is expected to skill and reskill up to three million makers over the next five years. Due to a lack of skilled trade workers, there are 430,000 open construction jobs in the U.S. alone, and 10 million unfilled manufacturing jobs globally. The pandemic has exacerbated this problem with millions of workers displaced since early 2020. In addition, the shift to remote and hybrid learning significantly impacted career and technical education (CTE) schools and classes, which rely heavily on hands-on learning. Almost 60 per cent of CTE administrators reported lower enrolment in their programs for 2021.