Fall decorating class in the U.S. has been declining, with more than 20 percent of schools saying that the demand for classes is less than the supply of decorating materials.
According to the American Decorator Association, there were nearly 13,000 decorating programs in 2015, up from 6,903 in 2014.
The association is also encouraging schools to focus on creating a more diverse workforce in order to improve retention of students.
“If schools can’t create a diverse and equitable workplace, they’re going to be struggling for the rest of the workforce,” said Lori Burden, the association’s executive director.
“Decorating is really important for the business side of decor.
You need people to work for you to get paid for their labor.”
With a rising demand for decorating, many schools are having trouble recruiting enough students.
In fact, just last month, a national survey found that only about 50 percent of colleges and universities were recruiting for their upcoming spring semester.
According to the association, more than half of the colleges and schools that were surveyed had at least one vacancy.
In fact, a third of all U.K. schools surveyed said that they have no vacancies for this fall.
While there’s still a lot of work to be done to make decorating more accessible, schools can start by encouraging students to spend time with their teachers, say, practicing decorating with a friend or watching a video on YouTube.
And don’t forget to make the most of your school’s online community to keep the decorating business alive.