There is often a lot of talk in the media about how the traditional â€˜tradesâ€™ are in decline â€“ but tradesmen are still hugely vital to our society and economy. After all, imagine where weâ€™d be without electricians: you need a qualified electrician to carry out the vast majority of electrical work, meaning that weâ€™d all be left in the dark without them. And thatâ€™s just one example of why the tradesman industry is still so vital today, no matter how much things have changed elsewhere.
Tradesmen are able to handle a wide variety of jobs, including planned maintenance work and refurbishment, as well as emergency jobs that need taking care of straight away. Both of these aspects of their work are vital â€“ everything needs a bit of TLC or an upgrade every now and then, and you can never predict when you might need emergency assistance with something such as a hole in the roof.
These are skilled jobs: people who work in the tradesman industry typically have to spend years training or working as an apprentice in order to get the qualifications they need. On top of that, they have to comply with all the relevant building legislation and regulations, which can be a big job in itself. All of this is to ensure that the work they carry out is of the highest standards and will last their clients for as long as possible.
If this sounds like something of an ode to tradesmen and womenâ€¦ well, it is. Sometimes itâ€™s worth taking a step back and thinking about the vital work they do and the skills they need in order to be able to do it. Hopefully the next time you need assistance at home or work from a tradesman for whatever reason, theyâ€™ll prove just why we still need this vital industry â€“ and why we always will.