Job fair set for huge Detroit projects

The Detroit News - - Business - BY CANDICE WIL­LIAMS The Detroit News

Be­drock says it will need thou­sands of skilled-trades work­ers as it ramps up projects in­clud­ing the Hud­son’s site re­de­vel­op­ment, Wayne County Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Cen­ter and Mon­roe Blocks.

The build­ing boom comes at a time when there is a short­age in skilled-trades work­ers, par­tic­u­larly those from Detroit and Wayne County.

To help fill that gap, Be­drock and con­struc­tion firm Bar­ton Malow are hold­ing the Ready. Set. Build! con­struc­tion ca­reers expo from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed­nes­day at Cobo Cen­ter that will cater to a range of peo­ple — from those with no ex­pe­ri­ence in the trades, to those ready for em­ploy­ment.

“The goal on the 14th is to break down some of the bar­ri­ers that could pre­clude a res­i­dent from en­ter­ing the skilled trades,” said Dan­nis Mitchell, di­ver­sity man­ager for Bar­ton Malow. “First, iden­ti­fy­ing what the gen­eral re­quire­ments are, ex­plain­ing to the com­mu­nity that there are more than 20 trades that makes up the skilled-trades in­dus­try. That means that there is a vast va­ri­ety of op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able for a po­ten­tial job seeker. Then ex­plain­ing that each trade has a dif­fer­ent en­try re­quire­ment. There are sev­eral that tran­si­tion over sev­eral of the trades.”

Twelve trade ap­pren­tice­ship schools will be on site to give hands-on demon­stra­tions. There will also be sev­eral con­trac­tor em­ploy­ers that have part­nered with those ap­pren­tice­ship schools.

Be­drock has nu­mer­ous projects in the pipe­line dur­ing the next few years, said Joe Guziewicz, vice pres­i­dent of con­struc­tion for Be­drock. Those projects in­clude $1 bil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the Hud­son’s site and the $830 mil­lion Mon­roe Blocks devel­op­ment.

“I think the big­gest thing we can get across to every­body is show up,” Guziewicz said. “Don’t wait. Get out here. Come to the event. If you can’t come to the event get on the web­site.”

There will be five bus-shut­tle lo­ca­tions avail­able for expo at­ten­dees: Sa­mar­i­tan Cen­ter, South­west Detroit Cen­ter, North­west Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter, Wayne Ser­vice Cen­ter the High­land Park Ser­vice Cen­ter. Pickup times at each lo­ca­tion are ev­ery hour from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pre­reg­is­tra­tion to the free event is en­cour­aged at www.readyset­build­expo.com. How­ever, walk-ins are wel­come.

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