SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Leaders in the construction industry alongside city and workforce development agencies held an expo today in Springfield.
It was the Third Annual Construction Showcase held at the Fairgrounds. It was the largest of its kind – more than 2,700 high school students were registered to attend, representing nearly 100 area high schools. All of these have hands-on activities to help students get a feel about how some of these careers really work.
Megan Short with Springfield Contractors Association says the main goal of this event is to attract a younger generation to the construction field.
“Not only are we trying to overcome the baby boomers leaving, but the average age of the industry also is so much older than you would expect, so it has been this massive struggle to make sure we are recruiting enough to fill it,” Short said.
The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board, City of Springfield, Home Builders Association and Springfield Contractors Association were all represented.