Do you know a graduating high school senior who prefers to work with their hands? How about a student who does not plan to pursue college and wants to start a career right after graduation?
The MN Construction Crew 7th Annual Union Construction Contractors and Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Career Fair is an annual careers fair that offers an opportunity for Minnesotans to explore careers in the construction trades.
The career fair is hosted by the Regional Workforce Development Providers: Anoka County, City of Minneapolis, Dakota/Scott, Hennepin/Carver, Ramsey County/City of Saint Paul, and Washington County in collaboration with MN Construction Crew: Ames Construction, JE Dunn, McGough Construction, Operating Engineers Local 49, NCSRCC Carpenters Union, and the St. Paul Building Trades.
The Construction Careers Foundation, which helps Minnesota’s young adults explore apprenticeships in Minnesota’s construction trades through its career-oriented website, ConstructionCareers.org, invites Minnesota high school teachers, guidance counselors, and principals to encourage high school students who are interested in a career in the construction trades to attend this annual event, which will be held virtually this year.
Here are additional event details:
MN Construction Crew 7th Annual Union Construction Contractors and Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Career Fair
June 9, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST
Download: Event Flyer
“We encourage graduating high school seniors to consider attending the career fair to seek part-time, seasonal or fulltime jobs,” said Workforce Development & Contracting Inclusion program manager John O’Phelan. “More than 25 companies have registered so far. Young adults can join by mobile phone, portable device or computer with internet access.”
To register for the event, O’Phelan suggests students meet the following criteria and prepare accordingly:
1. Register by creating your User Profile at https://metroregioninteractive.easyvirtualfair.com
Event Contact for questions or concerns: John O’Phelan John.Ophelan@co.ramsey.mn.us
2. Select your preferred careers!
More than 50 jobs are available through the career fair. It also serves as a great networking event to learn more about the apprenticeship application process and it offers the opportunity for high school students to meet with and be interviewed by potential future employers.
“Review the job listings, and narrow it down to your top three-to-five choices,” said Sarah Lechowich, Senior Director of the Construction Careers Foundation. “I recommend researching the company to which you are applying to get a better understanding of what they do and to see if it matches your career interests and goals.”
Need help discerning which trades work best fits your personality and skill set? The Construction Careers Foundation makes it easy to explore careers in construction. Find detailed descriptions about more than 30 construction careers here.
“The Careers page is a comprehensive list of the trades and training that Minnesota’s construction trades industry has to offer,” said Sarah Lechowich, senior director for the Construction Careers Foundation. “We encourage students to read through the descriptions of each trade apprenticeship, watch videos of real construction professionals, and compare wages and benefits as they choose a path that meets their interests and needs.”
3. Be Prepared
To obtain an apprenticeship or a part-time job, you must be 18 years old or older, have a valid driver’s license, a high school diploma or a GED equivalent. A resume is recommended.
“For graduating high school seniors, I recommend including your graduation date, any honors you may have, sports, clubs or activities you were involved in and if you held any leadership roles,” Lechowich said. “If you held a job during high school or participated in any afterschool activities – those are also great pieces of information to include to help the employer learn more about your skills and interests.”
Need Help with Your Resume?
Contact a nearby CareerForce location at www.careerforcemn.com/virtual-interactive-services-career-seekers to obtain help in creating a resume.
After students establish their career profiles, they can join the fair virtually through their preferred platform. Now, students can interact with employers by chat and video interviewing, and exchange resumes directly with hiring managers if they have one.
Employers will message attendees to schedule interview times with them. Interviews are expected to take between 15 and 30 minutes and employers plan to recruit workers to work on construction projects in the metro and on statewide projects.
“We want our high school seniors to have access to the best possible career resources,” Lechowich said. “The Minnesota Construction Crew 7th Annual Union Construction Career Fair is a great opportunity for graduating students across the state to secure their first job in the construction trades industry.”