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Tomorrow's construction workforce competes in state championship

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Thursday more than 300 people competed in the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation/Skills USA State Championship at the Mississippi Trade Mart. This two-day competition could lead to job placement for some competitors.

From welding and brick laying to building walls, tomorrow's workforce teamed up with different people from around the state to focus on crafting their trade.

"They're building it from the ground up. They're doing the electrical, the plumbing, the carpentry and the brick masonry," Tony Carroll said.

One particular team is putting their skills to the test. Carroll, who is the team leader, said they are creating a sample of a wall section.

"They learn a lot from here. One, they learn actually how to work together and they're showing their skills and honing their skills under pressure," said Carroll.

The opportunity could ultimately land them a job. Some industry employers took time scouting the talent.

"We do an estimate on how many people are leaving the construction industry every year. There's more leaving that there are entering," said Carroll.

President of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation Mike Barkett said while teaming up with the Mississippi Department of Education, they host competitions like this every year, but this event stands out.

"You've got high school students, you've got college students and you've got apprentices. They're all competing under one roof at one time and this is a historic moment," Barkett said.

"We need these students. I think a lot of them will enter the construction industry and have a long future," said Carroll.

Leaders agree education and training are the keys to having a concrete future in the construction industry.

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