To build the future of our country, America needs educators to support careers in construction.
October is Careers in Construction Month (CICM), a nationwide, month-long celebration that recognizes the rewarding and good-paying career paths available in the construction trades.
According to a new report by Bamboo HR, a human resources tech company, construction professionals were ranked among the happiest workers in the nation for the first two quarters of 2023. Despite this, the construction industry is facing worker shortages due to a labor force that is aging out. So, how can the construction industry spread the word about the great opportunities available as a construction professional?
It all starts with exposure. If young adults recognize that the construction trades are a viable, beneficial, and satisfying career pathway to explore from a young age, that’s a great step towards building the next generation of construction professionals and connecting young people to a career that they enjoy.
While young people represent the nation’s future workforce, and therefore, future construction trades candidates, it’s educators and counselors in Minnesota schools who have the power to spread awareness of the construction trades and promote programs for students to get hands-on experience.
Vadnais Heights educator Jack Roessler understands that in a system of traditional learning, some students may find that their aspirations for a future career are not covered in lectures, textbooks, and slides. He believes that hands-on experience and gaining a basic introduction to construction trades are key aspects to showing students that there are different career pathways and opportunities out there.
To support this vision, Roessler joined Construction Career Foundations’ summer paid internship program, the Minnesota Trades Academy, where he mentors students interested in construction.
“There are so many different trade unions willing to open their doors and welcome our summer interns into their facilities. They take time out of their day, as well as some financial support donated by these unions and other protective equipment, to teach and expose the next generation to all these career opportunities. The Minnesota Trades Academy is a fantastic trades program and I think it is going to be doing a lot of great work in the future,” said Roessler.
Read more perspectives from local Minnesota shop and trades educators and counselors on the Construction Careers Foundation blog.
To celebrate Careers in Construction Month 2023, the Construction Careers Foundation (CCF) has partnered with Saint Paul Public Schools TeenVenture and the Local Union 110. On October 20th, union members facilitated activities for middle school students to get hands-on experience and exposure in the electrical trades. Students were able to engage in fun career exploration through these activities, such as learning how to read circuit boards and wire a doorbell.
This is just one of the many ways that CCF is helping to spread the word about the strong number of careers available in the construction industry. Whether you are an educator, student, construction professional or otherwise, there are plenty of ways you can get involved. To get you started, here’s three:
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