Six-hundred high school students throughout Central New York recently attended Construction Career Day, an event to educate young people about the industry and help address the labor shortage, according to cnycentral.com.
“This career is special in that you can be trained right away out of high school and get a career if you work hard,” says Earl Hall, executive director of Syracuse Builders Exchange.
Hall says with a significant labor shortage regionally and nationally, young people can benefit.
“These students are coming into an industry at a time where there's going to be unbelievable opportunities for them,” he says.
Contractors from throughout Central New York attended Construction Career Day and taught hundreds of students about their jobs while also looking for future employees. They emphasized that construction careers pay well, offer good benefits and do not require a college degree.