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Plenty of construction jobs, but not enough workers in WNY

Posted at 6:14 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 18:19:12-04

In Western New York there are more career opportunities in the construction industry than there are skilled workers. 

State leaders say it’s because a lot of students are going to four year colleges instead of trade schools. 

This is why Building Western New York puts on a construction career days event for high school juniors and seniors. 

The event is a networking tools for construction employers and students. It’s also an event to expose students especially minorities and women to opportunities in the industry. 

Supervised by professionals, students participate in hands-on activities, including bricklaying, welding, and carpentry. 

In 2013, there were only 9 percent of women in the construction industry, according to the National Association of Women in Construction. A third of them were white. 

That’s a number many construction employers at the event said they hope will go up. 

“I would love to see more women give it a shot. I don’t think they would regret it,” a sheet metal worker said. 

The Building Western New York Construction Career Days ends on Thursday. For more information www.constructioncareerdays.org.