Valley Corp. Hosts Team Rodeo to Attract New Workers

Dozens of high school students got a chance to experience the construction industry on Thursday, where the need for skilled workers is high. From the skid steer obstacle course to bulldozer basketball, different stations on the Valley Corp. campus gave students a fun, hands-on experience with the equipment. “This has been very helpful for the kids coming in. They get to see and operate some of this equipment, so they understand there’s not a huge barrier to entry,” said Matt Bevington, Valley Corp CEO. More than one hundred kids from across the metro attended the second annual crew rodeo at Valley Corp. The median age of a construction worker in the United States is 42, and 80 percent of construction companies reported last year had trouble finding workers. “One of the great things about the construction industry is that you can get out of college, get good on-the-job training and have a good career,” Bevington said. The program has already attracted new hires. A recent high school graduate started working at Valley Corp. three months ago. “I came to the team rodeo last year and I liked what I saw, so I signed up for the internship. At the end of the year, I signed up,” said Wyatt Cox. Those summer internships are paid. It’s another incentive to start his career now instead of waiting four years in college. “You know, just working with your hands, getting out there, meeting a lot of great people,” said Eli Ambriz, a senior at DC West.

Dozens of high school students got a chance to experience the construction industry on Thursday, where the need for skilled workers is high.

From the skid steer obstacle course to bulldozer basketball, different stations on the Valley Corp. campus gave students a fun, hands-on experience with the equipment.

“This has been very helpful for the kids coming in. They get to see and operate some of this equipment, so they understand there’s not a huge barrier to entry,” said Matt Bevington, Valley Corp CEO.

More than one hundred kids from across the metro attended the second annual crew rodeo at Valley Corp. The average age of a construction worker in the United States is 42, and 80 percent of construction companies reported the year In the past they had trouble finding workers.

“One of the great things about the construction industry is that you can get out of college, get good on-the-job training and have a good career,” Bevington said.

The program has already attracted new hires. A recent high school graduate started working at Valley Corp. three months ago.

“I came to the team rodeo last year and I liked what I saw, so I signed up for the internship. At the end of the year I signed up,” said Wyatt Cox.

Those summer internships are paid. It’s another incentive to start your career now instead of waiting four years in college.

“You know, just working with your hands, getting out there, meeting a lot of great people,” said Eli Ambriz, a senior at DC West.

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