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Carpenters Union Hosts Career Fair

9/18/2013, 12:22 p.m.
Michael A. Burch

The Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters is looking for enthusiastic women and men who are interested in building their communities to fill jobs as skilled union carpenters.

A free career fair will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 offering women and men of any experience level to come to the union’s training center and ask questions of industry professionals, contractors, and the apprenticeship program to see if carpentry is the right career path for them.

With impending retirements facing not just the construction workforce, but in all industries, it is imperative that workforce training is in our future, said Michael A. Burch, NW Carpenters representative.

Learning a skilled trade such as carpentry is an honorable way to have a lucrative and rewarding career. Unfortunately many young people today do not know programs like apprenticeships even exist. Often times apprenticeship programs are overlooked by high school students, and recent graduates. Apprenticeship offers free training, and actually pays while one learns a trade. While most of the training is on the job, apprentices do attend class a few times a year.

From the concrete forms on a high-rise building, to the acoustical ceilings in offices, to bridges, to heavy machinery, carpentry as a trade is very diverse. There is unlimited potential for upward mobility and advancement within carpentry.

The career fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pacific Northwest Carpenter Institute, located just off Sandy Boulevard at 4222 N.E. 158th Ave.

“If you love your city, and would like to build it, then come down. We hope to see you there,” Burch said.