Amid construction worker shortage, state plans resource fair

Freeman Staff

March 6, 2018

RACINE — A construction career fair will be held in Racine later this month for unemployed or underemployed people interested in working on the massive Foxconn project in coming years.

Gov. Scott Walker, along with Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave and Racine Mayor Cory Mason, are spreading word about the Wisconn Valley Construction Resource Fair that will be held on March 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Racine Civic Centre’s Festival Hall.

“The launch of the Wisconn Valley Construction Resource Fair opens the door for Wisconsinites to better prepare themselves for future job opportunities in construction as a result of Foxconn’s historic investment in Wisconsin,” Walker said in a statement.

The fair will connect anyone wanting to launch their career in construction with resources that will prepare them, including education, apprenticeships and work reentry opportunities.

“We are excited to bring together local partners, such as technical colleges, businesses and community programs to ensure our residents have all the tools needed to benefit from this expansive project,” Walker said. “Preparing our workforce is an essential step to ensuring that everyone in Wisconsin who wants a job can find one.”

According to a national Associated General Contractors of America survey release last year, 73 percent of construction firms in Wisconsin said they are having a hard time filling existing positions and the same number said they are trying to hire more workers for expansion.

There’s no cost to attend the resource fair in Racine. Those who attend will get to explore career options, education programs, skills training, apprenticeships and veterans’ services. The Racine Civic Centre is located at 5 Fifth St. in Racine. Event parking is free in the lot south of the building’s main entrance. For more information, visit www.wisconnvalley.wi.gov.