Learn about the trades at Lewiston’s Skilled Trade Career Event, Aug. 10


For Immediate Release: Aug. 4, 2023
Media Contact: Lisa.Grigg@labor.idaho.gov

Out of all metropolitan areas in the Gem State, Lewiston has the highest median wages for skilled trade workers. Electricians and plumbers make up to $60,000 a year, where welders and HVAC technicians can make $50,000. With Lewiston’s growth – the population has increased by more than 500 residents each year since 2020 – the demand for skilled trades will also increase.

To help residents learn about these career fields, the Idaho Department of Labor is hosting a Skilled Trade Career event Thursday, Aug. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. Attendees can explore careers in HVAC, plumbing, welding and electrical industries.

“There is significant opportunity for a worker in skilled trades to make a living wage if they have the right combination of skills, communication and leadership abilities,” said Lisa Grigg, labor economist for north central Idaho.

The event will take place at the department’s Lewiston office located at 1158 Idaho St.

Company representatives will provide information on their skilled trade and answer questions.  Information about Idaho Launch – a program available to state residents who live, work and train in Idaho will also be available.  Funding for approved Launch courses may cover up to 80% or up to $5,000 of the total cost.

Workforce training staff from Lewis Clark State College (LCSC) will be also be available on site to help people enroll in classes. Classes start in September.

Representatives from Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and EQUUS Workforce Solutions will also be available to answer questions about funding to cover training costs.

Lewiston office manager, Misti Sullivan said this event is a great opportunity for people who are not college bound, people who want to change professions or people who want to increase their earnings by entering the trades. She said this event can help with deciding career pathways, get registered for class and obtain funding all in one visit.

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 or career fair counts as one weekly valid work-search activity for unemployment insurance purposes.

Other opportunities are available through the department including apprenticeships, which allows participants to “earn while they learn.” These opportunities range from working in plumbing and welding, to nursing and technology. Openings can be viewed on the department’s website.

Labor’s calendar of events is online showcasing various job fairs and workshops throughout the state.

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IdahoWorks and Idaho’s employment services programs are 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Labor as part of grants awarded under the Wagner-Peyser Act.