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- Last modified: April 24, 2014 at 2:48 PM

As the economy slowly improves, jobs will continue to be in demand in the construction trades. From new massive warehouses rising out of the ground to small, single-family homes under construction, jobs in the trades are in strong demand.

Often, hopefuls may not know what opportunities exist or how to get started. That’s where three separate groups come into play.

Alvin H. Butz Inc. of Allentown, in cooperation with the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board Inc., Pennsylvania CareerLink Lehigh Valley and Lehigh Valley Union Building and Construction Trades Council, recently hosted an Eat, Meet and Greet Construction Trades Information Fair. It was held at Lehigh Valley’s workforce resource, CareerLink Lehigh Valley in Allentown.

“Sixteen Lehigh Valley Construction Trades Council member organizations showcased their apprenticeship and training opportunities, along with outlining pathways within the construction trades and the process required to build a career in the building trades industry,” said Nancy Dischinat, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board. “To help them succeed in the application process, Pennsylvania CareerLink Lehigh Valley provided resume preparation, interviewing skills and assistance with the application necessary to pursue training within construction trades. “

More than 100 people learned – directly from the building trades’ members themselves – the process, education and skills involved in being successful in their apprenticeship and training programs, she said.

The organization developed a Lehigh Valley Building and Construction Trade Directory for the fair that contained detailed information on the trades. The directory is available on the Pennsylvania CareerLink Lehigh Valley website at www.careerlinklehighvalley.org.

Hopefully, events such as these will help the Valley rebound and open new doors for those interested in joining a valuable industry.


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