Training and Recruitment

Workforce Demand Drives Virtual Career Fair

Concord, NH – New Hampshire’s first ever Construction Virtual Career Fair was held in May, in response to the continued industry growth and workforce demands in construction and the building trades. The event was offered in partnership between Associated Builders & Contractors of NH/VT, I Build NH, and New Hampshire Employment Security.

In total, 50 employers participated and more than 250 job seekers registered to attend the job fair virtually. There were more than 1,600 positions available ranging from field and office positions and entry-level to experienced.

“These are well-paying careers that offer people an opportunity to make a great living in the Granite State,” said Josh Reap, president and CEO of ABC NH/VT.  “Our industry is booming and I’m encouraged to see that many people turned out for the job fair. There were 1600 openings but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. By our estimate, there are over 2,000 construction careers ready to be filled today in our state. We need to do more to get more people into our industry.”

Jacob Campbell, a recruiter with PeopleReady, said attempting to hire tradespeople during these times hasn’t been easy. “During this event I spoke with more candidates than I have over the past two weeks from advertising,” said Campbell. “This was truly helpful in my search for qualified candidates and I look forward to more events in the future.”

Job seekers are encouraged to visit the I Build NH website, IBuildNH.org, which features a listing of construction related businesses hiring in New Hampshire as well as some other helpful resources. Employers may add their businesses to the list of hiring companies by contacting Jennifer Landon, VP of Education and Workforce Development at ABC NH/VT, [email protected], or by calling 603-496-2678.

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