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Construction Combine event happening this week in Idaho Falls


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The following is a news release from the College of Eastern Idaho.

IDAHO FALLS — College of Eastern Idaho has partnered with Home Depot and Eastern Idaho Home Builders Association to hold a Construction Combine event.

Inspired by the NFL draft, the Construction Combine will allow trainees, mainly high school and college-age, to learn and demonstrate construction skills, as well as potentially land a summer job in construction.

The annual Idaho Falls Construction Combine, sponsored by Westmark Credit Union, Skidmore Construction, The National Guard, Alliance Title, and BBSI will be held on April 7 and 8 at Home Depot on Holmes Ave in Idaho Falls. This is an annual event that brings the construction industry together with potential employees, giving them the opportunity to see and be seen in action.

The first day will feature various training stations where participants will get hands-on experience in several areas including: framing, roofing, siding, electrical, plumbing, drywall, tile, and flooring. On day two, the participants will build sheds under the supervision of contractors. The sheds will be donated to local disabled veterans and veteran support organizations.

There is no cost to join the event and those interested must apply to participate at: Each participant will receive a sweatshirt, as well as a tool belt with a variety of tools to keep. Breakfast and lunch items will also be provided.

Construction in this region has continued to increase and there are a wide variety of well-paying careers that are available in the industry.

“The Eastern Idaho Home Builders Association is excited to work with College of Eastern Idaho and Home Depot to foster great relationships in our community. As most of the community already know, we are in a shortage of labor to build homes with a great demand to build more homes. This is a simple way to bring awareness to our youth. We are going to see wages and more opportunities continue to grow in our industry, and who wouldn’t want to spend more time outside working and seeing the reward of building something that will stand for the rest of their lives,” stated Todd Webb with TWebb Construction, 2021 president of EIHBA.

This is a collaborative effort by the community and local construction industry, providing local contractors an opportunity to educate their community through hands-on training and outreach. Trainees participate by learning new skills and gaining greater understanding about the construction trades.

Contractors are licensed professionals in the construction industry who help by instructing Trainees in basic skills of an individual trade. Sponsors help facilitate the Combine through their generous donations.

“The home building industry in Eastern Idaho needs skilled individuals to join the workforce where many fulfilling careers are available. EIHBA is partnering with The College of Eastern Idaho and Home Depot in support of home building industry and getting this message out. Eastern Idaho Home Builders Association is proud to be a part of this two-day event where local college and high school students have a great opportunity to learn various skills while building sheds that will be donated to our local disabled veterans, it truly is a win-win for everybody.” stated Sandra Petrovic, Executive Officer of Eastern Idaho Home Builders Association.