High school juniors and seniors interested in a career in the construction industry are encouraged to check out Construction Career Day on Tuesday, April 25th at the State Fairgrounds in Salem. High schools in the Willamette Valley have been invited to give their students a chance to experience, hands-on, various types of construction work, from pouring concrete and laying bricks, to operating heavy machinery. There will also be informational tables regarding various businesses and education opportunities.
The construction industry is facing a critical shortage of young skilled workers. The shortage is expected to reach over two million people in 2017. According to the Construction Labor Market Analyzer Report, one-sixth of construction workers will retire over the course of the next decade.
Businesses are encouraged to participate through sponsoring the event or being an exhibitor. There is no cost to be an exhibitor. Exhibitors will get a chance to interact with students and demonstrate what it takes to work in the industry. Hands-on activities are encouraged to help the students gain experience, training, and knowledge of potential career opportunities.
Some of the current sponsors include the Oregon Department of Transportation, NW Natural, the Oregon National Guard, Rich Duncan Construction, and Salem Heating & Sheet Metal. The Salem Chapter of the National Association of Women In Construction organizes the event.
For more information and sponsorship and exhibitor registration forms, look for Salem Construction Career Day on Facebook, or call Dawn Killough at 503-390-4999. Interested students should contact their school administrator.