Trades Day is meant to excite and introduce students to a variety of construction and building trades by providing real life, HANDS-ON, and interactive trade stations. The students will learn directly from craftspeople who will speak about their path to getting to where they are, what they enjoy about what they do, salary range, and misconceptions about the trades. All ACE students entering the AEC work force will benefit from participating in Trades Day. *Trades Day is not a Trades Show or Job Fair.

The purpose is to introduce trades to students for exposure to the entire industry and not just a part of it. Recruitment of students, mentors, volunteers, sponsors, donors, & community partners. Introduce ACE and the mission to the community and bolster relationships within the AEC communities.

Trades Days are powered by Stanley Black and Decker and their Empower Makers initiative

VIDEOS

National Webinar held on 02/16/2022. Meeting to discuss trades day:

00:54 What is Trades Day?
01:41 Why Trades Day?
02:22 Who Should Attend?
04:08 What does it look like?
05:12 How to get funding?
08:03 Resources
08:58 After the event
10:28 Q&A

- Q&A Document

2022 ACE Charlotte Trades Day Video

2019 ACE Charlotte Trades Day Video

SUB-GRANT APPLICATION

The first preference for the grant is to cover transportation, however, upon the submission of a sub application, National will work with affiliates to fund the most pressing needs. The timeframe for the grant is calendar year 2022. For how to apply, click the link below. The post-survey is a requirement of the sub-grant. Awardees will be asked to distribute the surveys to all students who attend the event. Results will be provided both to the donor and to the individual affiliate. The link to the survey is provided below.

- DESCRIPTION AND FORM LINKS

- APPLICATION LINK

- STUDENT POST SURVEY LINK

BASICS

ACTIVITIES

Sample trades day stations/activities. If your affiliate is willing to provide instructions on other types of trades day activities please send to your regional director so we can share with other affiliates.

- EXAMPLE ACTIVITES: CHARLOTTE

- TRADES DAY SCHEDULE TEMPLATE

- TRADES DAY ROTATION SCHEDULE TEMPLATE

MARKETING

Here are templates you can use to market trades day. We suggest having at least two months of marketing prior to the event.

- FIRM FLYER TEMPLATE

- STUDENT FLYER TEMPLATE