Construction Career Fair Connects Workers with Employers

Updated: 03/25/2014 3:01 PM
Created: 03/25/2014 12:25 PM
By: Katherine Johnson

The winter weather is still hanging on, but across the Twin Cities metro businesses are preparing for construction season. This summer is going to be extra busy with a number of major projects going on, and the demand for workers is high.

"I'm making sure I'm giving my firm handshake and I'm smiling," job hunter Donald Williams said. "I'm just trying to get a good feel on what they're looking for."

This spring is the busiest construction season the Twin Cities has seen in decades. There's the new Vikings Stadium, the Capitol restoration project, the Lowertown Ballpark … the list of projects is almost as long as the lines at Tuesday's Contractor's Career Fair in St. Paul.

"We won't have enough workers in this industry unless we take a step back and really try to recruit people and get them involved in this," said John O'Phelan, Program Director for JobConnect, a website that helps link employers to employees.

"My chances are pretty good at getting hired because they have so many spots to fill," Williams said.

Nearly 30 contractors are looking for help this spring, and the workforce is low compared to the amount of projects happening throughout the metro.

"We're getting together to say, 'How do we introduce people into this industry?' and let them know about these jobs that are available," O'Phelan said.

Williams filled out many applications for jobs that start as early as next month.

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