With houses popping up all over Sioux Falls, construction companies are looking for anyone with a passion to build.
"Get in and get dirty. Learn how to build and work with your back and mind," Alan Amdahl said.
Amdahl says the carpentry apprenticeship program helps fill some holes in the workforce.
"I could use probably three to four guys. I know right now, every builder in town could probably use three to four guys," Amdahl said.
The demand for workers right now is at an all-time high. They're looking for both men and women to take part in this opportunity.
Amdahl currently has one apprentice on staff and says most companies will pay the $999 tuition for the program, which requires 4,000 hours and a two-year commitment.
"The 'Carpentry Apprenticeship Program' is a really exciting opportunity for people who probably don't want to go back to school for any length of time but it still gives that opportunity to get professional training in the classroom from a professional who has time to give that to them. And get on the job training at the same time and get paid," Southeast Tech Community Relations Director Margaret Pennock said.
Students will learn everything it takes to become a local carpenter from tools to framing and roofing.
"We'd love to have some good guys or girls. I've had several women work for me and they worked out fantastic. It's not just for guys. It's for anybody. If they want a good profession to get into, carpentry would be the one for them," Amdahl said.
If you're interested, there's a contractor meet and greet at the Home Builders of the Sioux Empire office Tuesday night from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Future students can be interviewed by builders and see if there are any they'd like to work with.
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If you're looking for a new job and are pretty handy with tools, a carpentry apprenticeship might be for you. The two-year program from the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire, Southeast Tech and the CTE Academy is looking for new students.