Detroit-based Sachse Construction is putting on the Oct. 22 event for the fourth straight year. It will feature 40 different demonstrations from contract workers, such as masonry, carpentry and plumbing. The event, called the Sachse Construction Academy, aims to drum up excitement for the skilled trades amid a shortage of people to fill those jobs.
New this year, the event will also include a job fair geared toward 18-24-year-olds from Detroit and surrounding areas. Around 40 companies will have human resource representatives on site to answer questions and help job-seekers fill out applications. They are looking to fill a total of 50-75 jobs, said Jill Brack, head of community engagement and strategic partnerships for Sachse.
Southeast Michigan, and Detroit in particular, has seen a development boom in the past few years with high profile projects such as the Hudson’s site tower and Monroe Blocks by Dan Gilbert and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ $1.6 billion conversion of its two Mack Avenue engine plants into an assembly plant. These massive projects are forced to compete for skilled labor from a shrinking pool of qualified workers.