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Apprentices work to construct a future

Facing a shortage of skilled workers for construction jobs, one local company is taking the future of the industry into their own hands.

Posted: Jan 6, 2020 6:17 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Facing a shortage of skilled workers for construction jobs, one local company is taking the future of the industry into their own hands. 

Eugene-based construction company Chambers Construction has led multiple large construction projects in our area from Serenity Lane in Coburg to Kendall Ford of Eugene and they say they are always in the need of more skilled workers to help with this work.

As part of their apprenticeship program, they take in roughly 7 to 10 students as young as 16 every year.

The three-year program consists of classroom training and hands-on experience, and students get instruction on 36 different phases of construction.

Recruiter Mark Harrington says no one type of person is successful in this trade, but rather it takes a person who is willing to put in the work.

"It's about drive and desire," Harrington said. "The (people) I see being most successful are the ones I see applying themselves the most to what they're doing."

Once training is complete, apprentices graduate to be a journeyman carpenter.

At Chambers Construction, journeymen make about $25 an hour.

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