A coalition of construction groups kicks off a series of "Dakota Construction Careers" open houses in Minot and Williston Friday.
The open houses are designed to bring information to potential job candidates about new careers with training, health and retirement benefits. The Minot event will be held Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the State Fair Center's upper atrium. The Williston event is the same hours at The Brooks Hotel.
Other open houses are scheduled later in Dickinson, Bismarck, Fargo, Jamestown, Grand Forks, Devils Lake and in South Dakota in Pierre, Rapid City, Aberdeen and Sioux Falls.
In February, six building trade groups in the Midwest region came together to address the demand for skilled workers. The coalition consists of the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Cement Masons & Plasterers Local 633, Iron Workers Local 512, Laborers Local 563, Operating Engineers Local 49 and Painters and Allied Trades. The group's challenge is to recruit new workers from within the Dakotas to meet the growing demand for labor to build roads, bridges and community infrastructure to accommodate growing populations in the two states.
"There are so many jobs out there, but we're offering a career with benefits and we're not going anywhere," said business manager Charlie Roberts of Iron Workers Local 512.