Students explore job opportunities at Construction Career Day

S.S.. Seward Institute students were among the more than 600 high school students who learned about career opportunities in the building trades at the Hudson Valley Construction Career Day, held Fri., April 12, at Rockland Community College.

Opportunities in the construction trades are expected to grow. The industry is facing a chronic labor shortage, and the Department of Labor projects an increasing shortfall of skilled trade workers in the coming decade.

At the  expo, Florida students spoke and worked with  construction and building union leaders and private-company employers.

“There is an overwhelming amount of infrastructure renewal of our roads and bridges, our clean water, waste water and aging utilities that must be repaired and improved, said Edward Doyle, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam Counties, one of the lead presenters at Career Day expo, said,  “It’s time for our nation to begin again to reach out to attract qualified and capable recruits who will help build our future.”

Construction Career Day is hosted by the Westchester-Putnam Counties Consortium for Worker Education and Training; the Building Contractors Association, the Construction Industry Council; the Southern Westchester BOCES Center for Career Services and three Building and Construction Trades Councils.

For more information about the program and job opportunities in the Building Trades, call the Building & Construction Trades Council at 845-565-2737.