Lewiston career event provides resources for job seekers to upgrade their skills for in-demand jobs


For Immediate Release: Aug. 15, 2022
Media Contact: Lisa.Grigg@labor.idaho.gov and Stacey.Wendt@labor.idaho.gov

Job seekers who want to change careers and increase their earning potential will be able learn about jobs and training resources available at an Aug. 18 skilled trades career event focusing on welding, plumbing, electrical and HVAC industries. The event takes place from 4-6 p.m., at the Idaho Department of Labor Lewiston office, 1158 Idaho St.

Attendees will learn about pay scales, work positions and requirements for their specific field of interest from others who work in these trades.

“This event is for people who are not college bound or feel like they can’t afford the training necessary to work in their chosen field,” said Misti Sullivan, Lewiston Labor office manager.

Electricians, welders, plumbers and HVAC professionals in the Lewiston Metro Area currently get paid higher than their counterparts in other areas of the state. Electricians earn on average, an annual average wage of $77,000, welders average $52,000 annually and plumbers average $57,000 per year.

“Our goal is to create a skilled workforce that can fill future positions employers may have in the valley, said Sullivan. “It’s about motivating people interested in a specific trade to enter the talent pipeline for the industry of their choice,” she continued. “Hiring events will come later on.”

Workforce training staff from Lewis Clark State College (LCSC) will be available on site to help people enroll in classes for these specific fields. Classes start in September for interested attendees.

Representatives from the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, EQUUS Workforce Solutions and Idaho Launch – a statewide program funded by the Idaho Workforce Development Council – will be on hand to answer questions about funding available to cover some of the training costs for specific industries.

For more information on this event, visit Idaho Labor’s calendar of events.

Apprenticeships are also available through the Idaho Department of Labor’s services for people to upgrade their skills by providing on-the-job training with job-related instruction.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation email stacey.wendt@labor.idaho.gov or call 208-799-5000, ext. 3877. Dial 711 to access the Idaho Relay Service for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Attending a job seeker event counts as one weekly valid work-search activity for unemployment insurance purposes.

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