Career Expo for trade jobs held in Carbondale

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – Carbondale City Hall and Civic Center held a trades job fair on Tuesday morning through the afternoon.

The Egyptian Building Trades of Southern Illinois brought different union trades apprenticeship opportunities to the expo.

The trades included painters, iron workers, bricklayers, roofers, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, engineers and more.

Union trades are looking for new applicants to fill for the lack of people choosing to go into a trade.

“Some of our various crafts are looking for new members and applicants,” said Tate Wright, Secretary Treasurer of the Egyptian Building Trades Counsel. “Their training programs are an ongoing thing. So they’re looking for applicants to put in their training programs. They’re trying to fill out their need for workers just like any other business.”

“Over the years there’s been less emphasis on trades as a career path, it seems like many years a lot of high schools really pushed college, as a way to start your life and your career. This is an alternative to that. Our training programs rival to those of the best colleges in the world and they’re all funded within themselves, people can go learn a craft and not be saddled with debt at the end of the day.”

Choosing a trade versus going to college can be crucial to a person’s future financially and in the aspect of a career, without the pressure of student loans, and you can also start working in a career field right away.

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