Building Trades Career Expo




"I had no idea that I would meet so many different people of different occupations and really learn about prerequisites, job salaries and daily work.  By doing this, I really started to think about my future and what I wanted to spend it doing.  A very important lesson I realized is that I don’t have to go to a 4-year school in order to be successful and happy with my life in the future." - Connor Guenther, Pleasant Valley High School

Students were able to:

  • Rotate through each building trade exhibit.
  • Participate in hands-on activities.
  • Speak with apprenticeship coordinators and professionals in the industry.
  • Learn about the demand for skilled tradesmen in their local communities.

The goal of the student event was to:

  • Ensure students understand the education and aptitudes required to enter an apprenticeship program.
  • Help students make an informed decision about their career plans and provide the resources they need to enroll in an apprenticeship training program.

Conclusions after 2018 event:

  • Of the students with an average or less interest in a trade industry career before attending the Expo, 40% indicated an above average likelihood that they would pursue a building trades career after attending.
  • Of the students with an average or less amount of knowledge about apprenticeship training and trade industry careers prior to the Expo, 82% indicated the Expo provided an above average amount of information which will help them decide whether to pursue a career in the building trades.

Building trade exhibitors included:

Bricklayers Insulators Plasterers
Carpenters Ironworkers Plumbers/Pipefitters
Cement Masons Laborers Sheet Metal Workers
Electricians Operators
Glaziers Painters


For more information contact Katie at or 309-277-3919.