THOMAS SUTPHEN, a senior at Owosso High School, attended the Corunna High School career fair Wednesday, April 20, where he and his mother, Lisa, explored career opportunities being offered by the Genesee, Lapeer, Shiawassee Building Trades Council.

Thomas, who is interested in becoming a plumber, said that he has had an interest in skilled trades since seventh grade. Thomas said he has always enjoyed tagging along with his father, Jim, who is a contractor, and the years on the job have provided Thomas with experience in every stage of building a house.

GLS Vice President Mike Randick opened the event with a brief slideshow that detailed the benefits of a career in the skilled trades field, as well as the need for workers. The journey to the top begins at the apprentice level, where workers are paid $12 to $15 to receive on-the-job training from an experienced journeyman. Randick also pointed out that apprentices receive “full fringe benefits,” which include health insurance, an employer-paid pension, and vacation days.

“There is a great need in the Michigan construction industry,” Randick said. “There is going to be a projected shortage of 200,000 iron workers in the U.S. over the next five years, so there are a lot of great opportunities for people who are looking for an alternative to college. With skilled trades, you can write your own ticket; go as far as you want to go.” (Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

Corunna High School Career Fair was last modified: April 25th, 2016 by Karen Elford