Metro Construction Career Expo Public Evening Session

By on October 12, 2017
When:
11/02/2017 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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Where:
Belle-Clair Fairgrounds
200 S Belt E
Belleville, IL 62220
USA
Contact:
Donna Richter
618-624-9055

Southern Illinois Builders Association and Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program brings together representatives from many of the construction trades in the region to bring a hands-on look at rewarding careers in the trades to around 1,000 students from area schools.

A special public evening session for parents, students, and anyone interested in a career in the construction trades will be held Thursday, November 2, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

 

WHO:
Southern Illinois Builders Association, Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program, approximately 1,000 students from schools throughout Southwestern Illinois interested in the trade industries and representatives of the various trades, including: painters, carpenters, cement masons, electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, laborers, ironworkers, sheet metal workers, operating engineers and plasterers.

WHAT:
Metro Construction Career Expo to provide students with hands-on look at careers in the construction trades.

WHEN:
Students will be visiting the Expo at various scheduled times from Monday, October 30th through Friday, November 3rd.

WHERE: Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East, Belleville, IL 62220

SIGNIFICANCE:
With thousands of skilled workers in the construction trades set to retire this decade, more and more opportunities are arising for today’s youth to take advantage of the promising future this industry can have for them. The Southern Illinois Builders Association (SIBA) and the Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program (SICAP) are hosting the 19th Annual Metro Construction Career Expo with opportunities for both students and their parents to gain a better understanding of the variety of construction trades careers available and the path to pursue one.

Themed, “Earn while you learn with no college debt,” The Metro Construction Career Expo will provide students with hands-on-experience as they participate in interactive activities at booths manned by representatives of the various trades, including carpenters, cement masons, electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, laborers, ironworkers, sheet metal workers, operating engineers, roofers and plasterers when they visit with their schools during the day. A special evening session for parents, students and anyone interested in a career in the construction trades is open to the public where attendees will be able to visit different stations for each of the trades to chat with representatives to learn more about what each involves. Parents will obtain additional information about how their children can start preparing for a future in the construction trades with suggested curriculum choices and relevant skills needed. Attendees will be provided with takeaway information, including wage and fringe benefit packages for the individual careers.

The Metro Construction Career Expo is an important event in the ongoing outreach initiative, Manufacture Your Future/Craft Your Future – A Career that Pays in Southwestern Illinois. The campaign is aimed at connecting high school students to almost 3,000 high-paying jobs, averaging almost $33 per hour plus benefits of $22 per hour, for a total of $55 per hour, soon to be available in the manufacturing and construction sectors throughout Southwestern Illinois. Individuals pursuing this path also have the advantage of being able to earn while they learn, as their participation in an apprenticeship program makes them part of the workforce from day one.

 

 

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