Careers in Construction Month is a nationwide celebration and recognition of the career opportunities that exist throughout the construction industry.
October is Careers in Construction Month, a month-long celebration of the rewarding and well-compensated career paths available in the building trades industry. With a projected 1 million craft professionals needed by 2023, the construction industry is full of long-term career opportunities for young people interested in learning a skill set.
This year brings an added urgency to workforce development in the wake of the economic shutdown and millions of Americans looking for work. In Minnesota alone, the demand for new homes is skyrocketing and contractors are looking for reliable union-vested trades workers.
“This is a pivotal moment where labor, opportunity and a career pathway will align for thousands of Minnesotans,” said Sarah Lechowich senior director of the Construction Careers Foundation, which coordinates Construction Career Pathways, a statewide initiative to attract more young people into Minnesota’s construction industry. “If a student is 18 years of age and expected to graduate (or will earn a GED), they can already apply for apprenticeship opportunities.”
Construction Career Pathways is using #CICM (Careers in Construction Month) to promote to raise awareness about the lucrative career opportunities in construction and to recruit the next generation of craftspeople.
“We have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn social accounts where young people, educators and parents can receive updated construction career information and learn about the apprenticeship process,” Lechowich said. “We also recommend our free Construction Trades App to receive alerts about career fields they are interested in. The app is available on GooglePlay and Apple App Stores.”
Careers in Construction Are Nationally Recognized
Recognizing October as Careers in Construction Month generates publicity for the construction industry and helps promote career opportunities to individuals who may not have otherwise considered construction as a career choice.
To date, Minnesota and 38 other states have filed proclamation requests for Careers in Construction Month to celebrate rewarding careers and recognize the men and women who build America.
Construction companies across Minnesota also can participate in a drawing for a chance to award one of three $5K scholarships given to the construction craft training program of their choice. More information can be found at www.byf.org/CICM.
Visit Constructioncareers.org for more information about the apprenticeship process and the benefits of joining a union and starting an apprenticeship. Also resource the Careers page to learn more about the 30+ careers in Minnesota’s construction industry.