As many baby boomers are now reaching retirement, the average age of a worker in the skilled trades is approximately 50 years old and rising. The annual RI Construction Career Days event in the spring has been a valuable outreach initiative, designed to give high school students a sense of the wide array of potential careers in the construction industry.
Beginning in Fall 2019, this event will take place twice a year, in April and October. Joining forces with RIDOT, the RI Building and Construction Trades Council and participating CIRI member companies, CIRI helps to make this two-day event an educational success.
“We want students to know construction is a field they should be looking at,” says Steve Cardi, CIRI president. “This gives them a look at the diverse talents needed in a typical construction project, including estimating, purchasing, finance and a variety of jobsite related roles. The possibilities are really wide open.”
Over the years, individual RI Construction Career Days events have attracted as many as 1600 students and 35 exhibitors. For more information on the upcoming October 30 event, educators and potential sponsors/exhibitors should visit the official event page on the Rhode Island Public Works Association website.