SPOKANE, Wash. -- During the economic downturn, many workers left the construction industry in hopes of finding more lucrative careers. However with things on the upswing, homebuilding across the country and in Spokane is regaining momentum.
This means the demand for trained professionals is increasing, leaving many gaps to be filled in the construction industry.
In addition, an aging baby boomer generation could also open up plenty of opportunities for those interested in a career in construction.
On Tuesday, several local organizations teamed up for the day to offer a set of free workshops, giving people an inside look at the trades. It is a non-traditional career fair open to anyone interested in the construction industry. Participants will be exposed to everything from bricklaying to welding and even equipment operation.
"There's so many opportunities that going through a program can bring you, I mean a lot of times people get into management, engineering, maintenance, there's all kinds of possibilities,” said Patrick Perez from the WA State Apprenticeship Training Council.
The workshops will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m and organizers said women and minorities are encouraged to attend. It will be held at the Spokane Community College Apprenticeship Center located at 2110 N. Fancher Way, Spokane Valley, WA.
In addition to Tuesday’s event there will be a seminar for high school career counselors on Wednesday. There they'll learn what opportunities are available in construction to better advise students who may be interested in the industry.