Oregon construction pitches industry to teens

Oregon construction pitches industry to teens

Construction firms and trade unions foresee hiring many new young workers in the next few years.

So industry leaders are trying to tee up interest and hands-on skills among today's high school students. They report clear signs of interest from teens who like to work with their hands -- and light up at the prospects of working in a field where pay averages $51,000.

One example: A new pre-apprenticeship program has local teens out on job sites this month pouring and finishing sidewalks, witnessing construction of a massive interstate bridge over the Sandy River and otherwise seeing firsthand the work that skilled construction workers do.

Read more at OregonLive.com.