Construction Trades

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Unemployed veterans in southern Illinois had a chance to learn more about the career opportunities available in the construction trade.

The Illinois Laborers' Union and the Illinois Department of Employment Security hosted a job fair Friday at the Laborers' Training Center in Marion.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

This is National Apprenticeship Week and leaders from across southern Illinois met Thursday at the Laborers' Training Center in Marion, home of the Illinois Laborers' and Contractors Apprenticeship Program.

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, a few high school students are measuring and cutting siding.

They’re building a house in the trades class at the Capital Area Career Center in Springfield and learning construction skills, like putting on a roof or installing a window.

Shelby Landers is one of the students hammering siding on to the front of the house. The 17-year-old senior says he was happy to leave the classroom and get more hands-on experience.

After a long absence, students in Franklin County will once again have access to training in the construction trades.