A Look Back At Western New York Construction Career Days 2019 – In Pictures
IUOE Local 17 Rep Manning Informational Table At WNYCCD Trade Fair Tells WNYLaborToday.com He’s “Seen ‘An Encouraging Change’” From Those High School Students Who Attended The Event - “This Year They Are ‘Very’ Interested”
(LAKEVIEW, NEW YORK) – The Buffalo Building and Construction Trades Council had another successful and annual Western New York Construction Career Days Event last week that saw more than 1,000 High School Students from across the region travel to International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17’s Training Center where they were introduced to the many careers available to them in the Unionized Trades.
It was the 13th time over the past 15 years that this unique event has been held just south of Buffalo, where High School Juniors and Seniors got the chance to drive small bulldozers, weld pipe, be lowered down several stories of scaffolding and take their try at virtual painting at the Trades-sponsored event.
But for one Union Rep – Dominic Teti of IUOE Local 17, it was a different experience that he had with the hundreds of young men and women who stopped by Local 17’s informational table inside his Union’s Hall, where a number of other Trades and vendors set up shop to show off job opportunities and further schooling needed to become a Tradesman or Tradeswoman.
“I’m seeing a ‘change in the atmosphere,’” Teti (Pictured Below, wearing a white hat, in the middle of the IUOE Local 17 table while speaking to WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell) told WNYLaborToday.com.
“During past Career Days, (the students) would come up to our table, grab some freebies (items the Union was giving away) and ‘play on their phones.’ Now, I’ve noticed they are ‘very engaged.’ They’re ‘very interested’ and are ‘asking questions.’ ‘Hopefully they’ll take this all back home and think about it.’ Even their (High School) Counselors are ‘more involved.’ I heard one tell a student: ‘There’s nothing wrong about going to college, but you just might want to consider the Building Trades because of good wages, benefits and a pension.’ They ‘know the high cost’ of college and they ask me: ‘How much? (Does it cost to get the needed construction training to work in the field).’ I tell them: ‘Zero.’ I’m ‘encouraged’ by this chance in their mentality – and, they are ‘asking a lot of good questions,’” Teti said.
Your On-Line Labor Newspaper spent a day at the Western New York Construction Career Days Event last week and took a number of photos that appear below.
For More On This Labor News Story, Read WNYLaborToday.com’s September 29th Report, Headlined: A Preview Of The 2019 WNY Construction Career Days Event: Unionized Trades Ready To Welcome 1,200 Area High School Juniors & Seniors To Hands-On Introduction That ‘They Hope Will Eventually Lead Many Into High-Paying Careers’
And as it had the year before, WNYLaborToday.com made available free 12-month, unlimited visit subscriptions to Your On-Line Labor Newspaper for all who attended the 2019 Western New York Construction Career Days Event, so everyone could keep with the latest in Labor News and Apprenticeship and Training News from across Western New York, New York State and the Nation until next year’s event.