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The Construction Industry Council is made up of area construction professionals and educators who work together to bring more students into the construction fields, producing the next generation of architects, craftspeople and skilled and semiskilled tradespeople. There are not enough people going into the skilled trades to fill positions left vacant when employees leave. These jobs offer lucrative career opportunities for young people emerging into the current workforce. Addressing the heavy demand for skilled workers is a Chamber priority.
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Almost 1200 area high school students had the opportunity to climb into the driver’s seat of a large piece of heavy equipment, design and bid on the construction of a multi-million dollar building, learn hands-on about careers in the skilled and technical trades during the Chamber’s 2015 Construction Career Days Event held on November 4-5 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.
The Chamber’s Construction Industry Council, in partnership with the N.C. Department of Transportation, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Goodwill Industries of NWNC, and Forsyth Technical Community College, plans a Construction Career Days event every two years. The event is designed to expose high school students from Forsyth and surrounding counties to the exciting opportunities and career paths available in the construction field. During the event students rotate through more than 30 hands-on exhibits hosted by a variety of locally owned companies from the triad. Exhibits included careers in architecture and design, airplane repair, tile installation, roofing, plumbing, welding, electrical and outdoor heavy machinery.