Gov. John Carney announced a family-friendly career fair for youth and adults to explore careers in construction.

The Governor’s Construction Career Expo is a two-day event, set for Sept. 21-22 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St., Wilmington, that will expose middle school students and adults looking for a career change, to training programs and construction career paths.

“We’re working hard to make sure that all Delawareans have the opportunity to succeed and share in our state’s economic progress,” said Carney. “Careers in the building trades have historically provided paths into the middle class for thousands of Delaware workers and their families. Those same opportunities exist today. This Construction Career Expo will help connect Delawareans with meaningful career opportunities in construction fields, and expose Delaware students and adults to good-paying, skilled construction careers that are in demand and can help strengthen Delaware’s workforce.”

The construction industry is one of Delaware’s fastest-growing employment sectors with more than 3,500 job openings expected through 2024. The expo will introduce training and career paths to students and those looking to move from jobs to meaningful careers. The governor’s initiative is also an opportunity to connect employers and career-seekers, and to continue to train and develop a strong, skilled Delaware workforce.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21, middle school students from various schools in New Castle County will have the opportunity to participate in one of three scheduled blocks to meet with employers, sample fun activities and tools and participate in heavy equipment demonstrations and virtual simulators. This specialized field trip was coordinated with school principals and school districts.

Students, families and members of the public are encouraged to attend tfrom 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Chase Center. The free family-oriented career fair will include activities for both youth and adults, skills training opportunities, on-site job interviews, heavy equipment demonstrations, food trucks and giveaways.

The expo is presented in partnership with the Office of the Governor, AFSCME, Associated Builders and Contractors, City of Wilmington, Delaware Chief School Officers Association, Delaware Contractors Association, Delaware Department of Education, Delaware Department of Labor, Delaware Department of Transportation, Delaware State AFL-CIO, Delaware Technical Community College, Delaware Building and Construction Trades Council and The Committee of 100.

For more, visit governor.delaware.gov/construction-career-expo.