Maker Month - Ben, Woodworker
Maker Month - Ellen, Woodworker
Maker Month - Alexis, Joiner

Throughout October, we’re empowering makers and tradespeople around the world! Our long-term goal is to inspire 10 million individuals by the year 2030 through upskilling, promoting vocational and skills training, providing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) education, and access to Makerspaces.

This year, our month-long campaign will shine a light on the trade skills gap, which is one of the biggest issues facing the workforce today. There are an estimated 10 million manufacturing jobs today that are unfilled due to this skills gap.


Jim Loree - Stanley Black and Decker President and CEO

"To help solve for the vast skills gap today, an issue made worse by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, businesses need to showcase and celebrate the wide variety of opportunities people can pursue across the skilled trades. Maker Month is our contribution to this effort, helping to highlight the vast potential these careers offer."

Jim Loree, President & CEO


Trades By the Numbers

Bureau of Labor Statistics, July & August 2020


Employment: 12M
Unemployment: 7%
Openings: 408,000
Average Pay: $49,000/year



Employment: 905,000
Unemployment: 9%
* Openings: 267,000
Average Pay: $48,000/year

* BLS: Occupational Employment Projections, 2010-2020


Employment: 7M
Unemployment: 8%
Openings: 334,000
Average Pay: $65,000/year