Workforce Development Events & Exhibits
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All ’bout Construction (ABC) Girls Camp
A Week-long Summer Camp Experience Introducing Girls to Careers in Construction!
Construction – It’s Not Just for Boys!
Careers in Construction offer competitive salaries, unparalleled skills, potential for leadership growth, and a feeling of satisfaction.
ABC Keystone encourages young women to learn more about these career opportunities during our inaugural All ’bout Construction Girls Camp open to girls ages 14-19 in Lancaster County* and scheduled for June 15-19, 2020.
The All ’bout Construction Girls Camp provides girls the opportunity to explore careers in construction through inspiration and mentoring from industry professionals. Campers will experience several construction trades as they build skills through multiple hands-on activities. Through other individual and group activities, the girls will also gain effectiveness in problem solving and managing team dynamics. Field trips with local contractors are scheduled throughout the week to ensure campers get to see construction in action. At the ABC Keystone training facility, attendees will utilize their newly-gained knowledge of select trades to build their very own take-home projects incorporating HVAC, plumbing and electrical trade skills.
This camp is grant-funded through the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, and therefore, in this inaugural year, only Lancaster county residents are eligible to attend. We look forward to opening the camp to other counties when it is next offered.
Limited spots available – apply early!
Inspiring the Next Generation of Craft Professionals
ABC Keystone Invites Area Students and Educators to Participate in Construction Wars!
Offered Every Spring and Fall – Open to All Area Middle School Students
Workforce Development is a top priority for ABC Keystone, and the Chapter offers tours of our facility in Manheim, PA and career discovery events throughout the year.
Over the course of three days each Spring and Fall, 200 area middle school students from our 11-county footprint attend Construction Wars, an interactive career exploration event, to experience hands-on activities with the help of construction professionals. During this Construction Wars event, students have the educational opportunity to see our training facility, work with tools, understand safety requirements, and learn more about the skilled trades while building wood laptop stands, testing electrical circuits, bending sheet metal to make their own tool boxes, and more. This is an opportunity for students and educators to discover what the construction industry needs in its future workforce and how a career in skilled trades is a viable, well-paying alternative to college. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
Hands-on Career Exploration!
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Volunteer at the Event!
Each year, ABC Keystone members generously volunteer their time to support this event. Inspire the next generation! Contact email@example.com to sign up.
Inspiring the Future of the Industry
Preschool-Elementary: Exploring Careers through Play
HOH Construction Co.
To give young children a hands-on, developmentally appropriate experience with building, and spark to early interest in the trades, Hands-on House has begun the planning and development of a new exhibit slated to open in early 2020.
ABC Keystone will be the main sponsor for the exhibit, titled HOH Construction Co. Through this exhibit, children and their families will learn through play about the many career opportunities available in the industry and the skills that these jobs require.
HOH Construction Co. will feature a job site structure as a centerpiece and integrate four unique trade exhibits — Mason, Electrician, Plumber, and Carpenter. These stations will incorporate hands-on activities directly related to each trade, creatively and safely demonstrating skills such as pulling wire, laying brick, affixing pipe or finishing trim. Children will learn math, science and problem-solving skills, and hopefully, become inspired by this work along the way.