Efforts are underway to lure students and their parents into the construction field in Southern Illinois.
Southern Illinois Builders Association and Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program are playing host next week to the 20th Annual Metro Construction Career Expo.
Approximately 1,000 students from schools throughout Southwestern Illinois are invited to learn about trade industries from various trades, including: painters, carpenters, cement masons, electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, laborers, ironworkers, sheet metal workers, operating engineers, roofers and plasterers.
Students will be visiting the Expo on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A special evening session for parents, students, and anyone interested in a career in the construction trades will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Events are taking place at Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East, Belleville.
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.
The theme of the event is, “Earn while you learn with no college debt.” The Metro Construction Career Expo will provide individuals with hands-on-experience as they participate in interactive activities at booths manned by representatives of the various trades.
Parents will obtain additional information about how to 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.