SIBA & SICAP to Host Metro Construction Career Expo

By on October 12, 2017

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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