Manufacturer encourages others to get involved in youth trade organization.

An unidentified SkillsUSA participant uses a Bosch power saw during the TeamWorks Competition in Kansas City, Mo. Bosch provided tools and building materials for the annual event.
SkillsUSA National Championship Competition June 21-25 in Kansas City, Mo., and is encouraging others in the industry to support the organization on a state or local level.

SkillsUSA lobbies for the development of curriculum and programs designed to enhance career and technical education. The organization also works to garner funding and support through government and private channels.

"Bosch recognizes the growing crisis related to the lack of skilled professionals entering the building industry," said Frank Carroll, president of Bosch Power Tools North America and a SkillsUSA board member. "It is up to manufacturers, such as Bosch, and other industry players to support the next generation of professional men and women."

In all, more than 4,600 competitors participated in 80 hands-on contests designed to promote the advancement of skilled labor. Bosch served as a main sponsor for the building-oriented Team Works Competition, funded travel scholarships, was title sponsor for the opening ceremonies, and brought its "Big Blue" traveling road show to the event. The company also donated more than $100,000.

"With nearly 14,000 students, teachers, advisers and family in attendance this year, the support Bosch provides is essential to making SkillsUSA a success," said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA.