West Michigan Works! offering Careers in Construction Month events

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Courtesy West Michigan Works!

The region’s workforce development agency is joining construction industry professionals and organizations across the nation in hosting events for Careers in Construction Month.

West Michigan Works! said Monday, Oct. 19, it is taking the Careers in Construction Month pledge to connect students to the variety of construction careers this week and month. 

The agency will offer several virtual events to promote and support construction careers in the region this week and it also will host a virtual construction job fair from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 29. 

Registration for the virtual construction job fair is open through Oct. 26. 

According to Economic Modeling LLC, the construction industry in West Michigan is expected to have 33,844 jobs in 2028, a growth rate of 15.9% compared to 2018. With an increasing nationwide shortage of skilled craft professionals, West Michigan Works! is encouraging industry employers to take the pledge. By signing the pledge, organizations are committing to use either virtual or in-person classroom visits to explore careers in construction.

“In order for the construction industry to meet its workforce demand, it is imperative that we, along with educators and employers, reach out to students and let them know about the great career paths available in the industry,” said Mac Dodds, construction industry lead for West Michigan Works!. 

West Michigan Works! created a Construction Industry 101 video to present to students as part of its pledge. The video, along with construction industry career facts and a link for employers to sign the pledge, are available on the West Michigan Works! Careers in Construction page.

“Many people think that the construction industry is for those who are not necessarily intelligent or just want a job. This is not true,” said Bill Smitley, a recruiter from Owen-Ames-Kimball. “Our construction teams and crews are highly intelligent people. There is a lot of math and engineering involved.”

More details on the virtual construction job fair can be found online.

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