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Posted on: April 20, 2018

Anoka Technical College Hosts 'Construction Summit'

The Anoka Technical College hosted a Construction Summit this week.

It was an opportunity to bring several companies in the building trades, seeking talent, together under one roof.

“Do you have a resume?”

It was one of the most frequently asked questions from job seekers at the Construction Summit, which brought 19 Twin Cities building trades employers together in one spot.

“We’ve talked to a lot of really good candidates,” said Terry Hart, who is vice president and director of operations with Kraus-Anderson Construction.

The message was clear. The construction trades are very competitive and looking for people.

"It's a great company,” said Jennifer Hoffer, who is an EEO coordinator with Adolfson & Peterson Construction. “We are a family owned and ran business and that's the culture that they have continued to hold onto even after all these years."

“It’s a war for talent,” Hart said.

This summit comes at a time when Minnesota's unemployment rate is at just 3.2%. The truth is, more employers are searching for talented workers, who are getting harder to find. Kraus-Anderson Construction is willing to pull out all the stops.

"Everybody's willing to do what it takes to get the training, and provide the training and schooling to keep building up the construction trades workforce," said Terry Hart.

And there are apprenticeship programs, in a variety of trades, available to choose from, including the Minneapolis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Center. Deanna Kieffer was at the Construction Summit to recruit potential electricians for a five year apprenticeship program.

“We’ve had several previous graduates from here apply and have gone through the program,” said Kieffer.

Even if you're thinking about a career change, the building trades could be a great place to earn while you learn. It could be a great place to work.

The Construction Summit was a joint effort between the Anoka Technical College and the Anoka County Job Training Center.

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