Candidates Wanted for ISU Construction Combine

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) – Continuing Education and Workforce Training (CEWT) at Idaho State University is seeking candidates for the 2022 Construction Combine. This is a free two-day training and recruitment event where job seekers aged 17+ and those looking for experience are introduced to the basic skills of several areas of industry construction.

The construction combine will be held March 30-31, 2022 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of The Home Depot in Chubbuck, ID. To apply and for more information, visit constructioncombine.org. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2022.

The Construction Combine is a collaborative effort between educational institutions, local construction contractors and community members to help develop a strong construction workforce and provide opportunities for interested recruits who show potential. and want to gain more experience.

CEWT developed this model to help address the shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry. It provides instant labor that local entrepreneurs can quickly assess and hire to work for their businesses.

Local contractors train participants in hands-on learning projects and then have the opportunity to hire workers who have successfully demonstrated the newly acquired skills.

On the first day, trainees are placed in a team and participate in sessions covering multiple trades like framing, concrete, electrical, plumbing, drywall, flooring, coating, and welding.

On the second day, interns apply their new skills by working with local contractors to build sheds. Once completed, the hangars are donated to local veterans in a formal ceremony on March 31 at 4 p.m. The public is invited to observe both days.

Materials are donated by Home Depot and many other community members, and contractors donate their time, skills, and resources.

CEWT launched the Construction Combine in 2018 in Pocatello/Chubbuck with 16 contractors, businesses and organizations and over 50 attendees. In 2019, the combine was driven to six different locations including Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, Lewiston, Coeur d’Alene and Ontario, OR. Construction training has expanded statewide to reach more than 400 high school students and adult job seekers.

The Construction Combine is expected to continue to grow with the potential to expand to a wider national audience.

This year’s construction combine will follow Idaho State University’s COVID guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants.

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