The Sioux Falls area is facing a huge shortage of construction workers.
This comes as the city has experienced six straight years of record-setting building.
“Normally in January it’s fairly slow, and we’re swamped already,” Allen Homes General Manager Kim Hefner-Hines said.
There’s no shortage of business, but the same can’t be said for workers.
“We’re constantly looking to hire. It’s easier said than done because there just aren’t that many people,” Hefner-Hines said.
To get more people interested in construction, industry leaders are building a unique event. During the Building Block Competition, kids ages pre-k through 9th grade will have 45 minutes to build a house of blocks.
“You don’t think that you want to get kids this little, but it’s their first introduction to the building trades. You get them together putting together LEGOs and building little houses, and they’re just going to love this,” Hefner-Hines said.
During the competition at next month’s Sioux Empire Home Show, kids will put on their plastic hard hats and compete for $50 cash prizes.
“It is a very fun and interactive way to introduce the industry to the younger people,” Home Show Co-chair Tom Hines said.
Young people who could one day fill a big shortage.
“Plumbers, electricians, HVAC personnel–they can make a great living doing that, and you don’t think of that. There’s sort of a stigma that goes along with some of our trades. There shouldn’t be because they’re high-paying jobs,” Hefner-Hines said.
Jobs that are building up our city.
The event is on February 23, but you must sign up by February 11.
You can find the details here.