Nearly 3,000 Central Florida junior and senior high school students are building their careers at the 18th annual Central Florida Construction Career Days. The event, hosted by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and its industry partners, helps teenagers explore and build a strong foundation for a successful future in transportation construction.
“Construction Career Days is a fantastic way to introduce the builders and tradespeople of tomorrow to our industry today,” said Dora Rockefeller, FDOT District Five Contract Manager and co-chair of the event.
Junior and senior high school students from more than 50 Central Florida high schools throughout eight counties are attending Construction Career Days to learn about the many available opportunities and experience some skilled trades firsthand. Engineers and skilled trade workers from local firms, technical schools and FDOT will hold more than 30 interactive learning labs. Students will even get a chance to try their hand at operating heavy equipment and simulators.
Construction opportunities represented through the program can lead to steady careers.
“These are careers that you can grow with. If you’ve got the ambition and the drive, you can build a career in construction and go far,” said Geoff Scales, Senior Project Manager with Hubbard Construction Company and co-chair of the event.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of jobs in the construction field will grow by nearly 22 percent over the next few years, but the current labor pool is shrinking with the average skilled worker retiring at close to 50 years old. That’s why Construction Career Days encourages Central Florida high schoolers to explore the wide variety of opportunities available in the transportation construction industry.
Construction Career Days takes place at the Central Florida Fairgrounds Jan. 25-26 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: On-site interviews are available with participants, host organizations and companies on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.