C3 passed out information regarding the wage scales of various craft trades in the construction industry compared to other jobs in different professions. We also distributed documentation that described the cost of a college education in Texas versus the income-earning opportunity available to an individual entering the construction craft workforce today. We also pointed out that there is much more to choosing an employer and a career than how much one makes per hour, details such as employee benefits, training and culture of the organization.
Both Maria and I were impressed with the quality of the candidates that participated in the career fair. These students asked excellent questions indicating to us that they had already begun their job search.
One of my most refreshing takeaways was the fact that many of these soon-to-be-high-school graduates already have earned their NCCER Core Credential and their OSHA 10 card, and they haven’t even finished high school! While the construction industry still has a long ways to go before it solves its workforce development problem, it was apparent that several of the school districts in the Greater Houston area recognize the opportunity and have begun to prepare their students to seize it.
Photos of the ABC Construction Careers Expo are posted for viewing on the C3 website at www.constructioncareercollaborative.org.