Skilled trades career fair connects students with area employers

RALEIGH, NC (April 6, 2022) – The Building Technology Center on Wake Tech’s Southern Wake campus was bustling today as students and local employers connected during the inaugural Skilled Trades Career Fair in the new building.

More than 150 students dressed in their best, shared their resumes, and pitched their creative pitches to 35 employers looking to hire apprentices as well as part-time and full-time workers in the high-demand fields of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration, plumbing, electrical, welding and building automation work.

Will Bolton, owner of Bolton Construction Service, said he was delighted to see students curious and passionate about their future careers in the skilled trades.

“We’re here today because we need strong people that we can grow,” Bolton said. “There are so many career opportunities in the skilled trades and unfortunately not enough people are getting into the field. It’s really good to see so many students involved in the trades and the number of students I’ve seen here today is impressive.

Thomas Roberts said he learned a lot at the event about the different skilled trades jobs at different companies. “I’m studying both electrical and HVAC here at Wake Tech and this event really helps me figure out which career path I want to take because I’m able to ask employers questions about what expect in these jobs,” he said.

Prior to the event, Wake Tech Career Services helped students polish their resumes and offered success tips like conversation starters and general preparation tips like the importance of shaking hands and researching. companies in advance.

“We’ve spent the whole last week working on and improving our resume and it’s definitely helped me be much better prepared as I speak to employers today,” Roberts said.

To learn more about Wake Tech’s skilled trades programs, visit www.waketech.edu/skilled-trades.

To learn more about career exploration and the skills needed to land a job, visit www.waketech.edu/careerservices.

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