This October, join us in recognizing the makers, creators and tradespeople who shape our world and our future.

Maker Month is a celebration of those who use their incredible skills for the good of the world––making it better, safer, smarter, more accessible, and more sustainable for the rest of us. But it’s also about shining a light on the trade skills gap, one of the greatest challenges facing our world today, and the estimated 10 million currently unfilled global manufacturing jobs.


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Stanley Black & Decker Empower Makers Makers Grant logo on top of a person using a DEWALT table saw

Five Years, $25 Million, One Goal.

Through our Empower Makers Global Impact Challenge, we’re committing up to $25 million in grants to nonprofits over the next five years to fund vocational skills training and reskilling programs in construction and manufacturing.

How To Apply

Get Involved

Interested in learning more about skills and trades? Click below for more information from some of our partners and programs.



Rock The Trades logo

This workforce development resource provides information on trade careers and connects individuals with training providers, employment opportunities, and mentorship.


About Rock the Trades

Manufacturing Institute logo

The National Association of Manufacturers created this site so you can explore the various trades and learn how you can join the modern manufacturing workforce.


About the Manufacturing Institute

Innovation Generation logo

Discovery Education is launching the Trade Championship Challenge this October. High school students can enter to win cash prizes and Stanley Black & Decker items. Students will create a 30-60 second video about pursuing a trade skill career. 


About Innovation Generation

Vocational Leadership Program logo

Learn about this unique, cohort-based program which introduces individuals to manufacturing by working in one of Stanley Black & Decker’s facilities while also participating in formal leadership skills training


About Vocational Leadership Programs

Global Maker Day logo

On October 18th, educators and students can tune in for a day of virtual learning, sharing, and making. The day includes presentations geared toward K-6 graders to inspire an interest in creating.


About Global Maker Day

DeWALT Trades Scholarship logo

This scholarship will assist 20 individuals in the U.S. attending a two-year college or vocational-technical school and are pursuing a trade degree/certification in an industry aligned with DEWALT's core focus areas.


About DEWALT Trade Scholarship

The Henry Ford logo

Join The Henry Ford each Monday morning in October on Facebook as they celebrate Maker Monday with a different special guest from Stanley Black & Decker


About The Henry Ford

Hearts in the Ice Logo

Get inspired by Hilde Falun and Sunniva Sorby as they document their journey to the Artic in a mission to study climate change. These woman are using skills to make a lasting difference for our planet


About Hearts in the Ice

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