This article originally ran on stlouiscnr.com on October 26, 2022.
Interest in learning about and training for a career in one or more of the skilled trades which support the construction industry drew more than 1,600 Southern Illinois high school students to regional Construction Careers Expos in Belleville and DuQuoin.
The young women and men said they were attracted by the good pay and the paid apprenticeship training as well as the constant challenge of developing new skills, according to Donna Richter, chief executive officer of the Southern Illinois Builders Association, which produced the Expos.
“Today’s students also find the technology being developed to enhance construction especially exciting and interesting,” Richter added. “That technology includes GPS-guided equipment, drone scanning, robotics and three-dimensional modeling and planning.”Read More