EUGENE, Ore. -- By 2027, one out of every 11 jobs will be in construction, the Oregon Employment Department reports.
Local educators and businesses are not sitting by waiting for that to happen -- they're actively preparing for it.
Associated General Contractors hosted a conference a couple weeks ago to put local educators and industry professionals in the same room.
The goal? For them to hear about local employment opportunities.
Local contractors got to break down to teachers just what they are looking for in a new hire and why young people are so valuable to their work force.
This gives teachers the chance to adjust their curriculum to better suit what these companies are looking for.
Lyle Lang with Lane Workforce Partnership said young people entering the workforce will not go in blindly.
"Once they get into those opportunities with the employment -- then the employers will really take on the specifics of the details of those jobs," he said. "So they're looking for young people to come in with an open mind, willing to work hard, and I think they got that message across pretty clearly."
The construction industry has a 24 percent growth rate -- higher than any other industry in Lane County -- with a projected 9,700 jobs that will need to be filled by the year 2027, according to the Oregon Employment Department report.
Lang said this was the first year AGC hosted the conference, but they had a full house.
He said he sees great growth for the future of this event and great improvement in filling those trade job openings.
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