Nearly 200 kids come out to skilled trades showcase at Wilmington YMCA

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – With the housing market booming, the availability of workers is dwindling and costs are on the rise.

A shortage of workers will result in higher building costs, increased home prices, and the inability to complete projects, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

The Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builder’s Association, Professional Women Building Council and YMCA of Southeast North Carolina hosted their first summer skilled trades showcase in Wilmington on Thursday.

The event was an effort to introduce kids to a potentially lucrative career path without the need for a college degree.

General contractor and engineer Kate Eames hopes to encourage more girls to follow in her career path.

“We only have about 10 percent of women in the industry and they are mainly in administrative roles,” she said. “So, it’s a very low percentage that’s in the field on job sites doing that line of work.

“I’m excited to see other women that are doing this so that they have that representation.”

Nearly 200 kids came out for Thursday’s showcase, which featured builders, electricians, plumbers, exterminators, and roofers.

More information on events at the YMCA of Southeast North Carolina can be found here.

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