The Construction Industry Council of Westchester and the Hudson Valley is hosting its annual Hudson Valley Construction Career Day Friday, March 31, 2023 at Rockland Community College in Suffern. The event is key in educating students who aren’t necessarily college-bound about career opportunities in the trades, and some 700 kids in grades 10-12 from Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Duchess and Rockland school districts are expected to attend. As you know, construction is one of the nation’s largest industry employment sectors and is facing a growing shortage of skilled workers. Raising awareness about the benefits of apprenticeships and opportunities for skilled craftspeople is a priority for strengthening our workforce, communities and overall economy.
Apprenticeship trainers and skilled trades people perform demonstrations – jackhammers, welding, confined space rescues – with the kids. It’s also nice to see a diverse group of students – including young women – who will participate in hands-on activities and receive info about training, apprenticeships, career paths, and potential salaries and benefits.
Career Day is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m., with a press conference at 11 a.m. (local, state and federal elected/trades people) and end at 1 p.m.