Great Careers Await: Find Out More at Upcoming Event

Thousands of jobs are available in the construction trades -- and they pay! Find out more about these careers at an upcoming event for high school students.

We keep hearing college isn't for everyone, and you can make great money in the construction trades. Here's an opportunity for high school and junior high school students to learn what kinds of jobs are out there, what training it takes to get them, and how much money you can make. "Build On" is a two-day event at the David Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, sponsored by the Builders Guild of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

It's being described as the largest, most interactive career exploration event ever in Southwestern Pennsylvania focused on careers in construction and allied industries.

Friday, March 29 is the student event, where schools are invited to bring groups of students.

Saturday March 30 is a public open house where anyone can attend.

Both days are free.

Students will get a chance to meet with regional building trade union representatives, and recruiters and training directors from companies actively looking for employees. You'll find out about how to train for these careers, whether it be through free paid apprenticeship programs (some unions are accepting applications now) or two-and-four year degree programs.

You can talk with apprentices who are already in training and find out about their experiences, including young women who are finding family supporting careers in the trades (all three women pictured below are currently in local apprentice programs).

It's a hot time to get into the trades in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The region is undergoing what many consider to be a historic construction boom. There are major infrastructure projects and multiple building construction projects underway and in the works, including new hospitals being built by AHN and UPMC. The natural gas industry continues to grow and construction of the Shell Ethane Cracker plant is about to get underway, with as many as three more similar plants being considered. That doesn't include the thousands of other smaller development projects planned or underway including residential and commercial buildings.

"It's not uncommon for skilled tradespeople to earn into six figures, plus benefits." Builders Guild website

Click here for links to the event information, including how to sign up your school to attend the Friday session. And click here to find out more about the apprenticeship programs currently available.

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