The 2018 Construction Career Awareness Day / Hiring Event was a Success!

The Gaston Workforce Development Board would like to thank all employers, demonstrators, providers and other supporters of the 2018 Construction Career Awareness Day & Hiring Event that was held on April 11th, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Sims Legion Park. This event welcomed over 800+ Gaston County students and 26 Employers/Providers!

Highlights included:

Hands-on construction activities and demonstrations for Vocational High School and Middle School Students
Competitive construction trade challenges
Construction Career Booths sponsored by employers.
Summer Internship opportunities for “Top-Notch” Students
Hiring Event “Open to the Public” from 2:30pm -5pm for Company recruitments
Lunch provided by the Gaston County Workforce Development Board from Will’s Doggn’ It.

The Gaston Workforce Development Board would like to recognize the following supporters for their extra efforts in making this special event such a success!

  • City of Gastonia
  • Beam’s Construction
  • Dellinger Electric
  • Gastonia Plumbing & Heating
  • Carolinas AGC
  • Stanley Black & Decker
  • E.S Wagner
  • Wayne Brothers
  • Gaston Natural Resources
  • John E. Jenkins Construction
  • Gaston County Building Inspections
  • Recore Electric
  • Sundop – Choice USA
  • Pepsi
  • Sam’s Club
  • Charlotte Paint
  • Morgan’s Bootery
  • EF Lambardi
  • Bill Wade Associates
  • Tamlite
  • Light Source
  • Cutler & Hammer – Eaton
  • Satco Lighting
  • Falcone Crawl Space & Structural Repair
  • NC Department of Transportation
  • Viking Steel Services
  • Gaston County Emergency Medical Services
  • Gaston County Schools

Also, the Gaston County Workforce Development Board will recognize “Top Notch” construction students by supplying them with “tools of their trade”.


The Construction Industry is expected to have the strongest employment growth in North Carolina in 2018 by over 7%.

Are you Ready?

The week of April 9th-13th has been designated as NC Construction Career Awareness Week.  Beam Construction will be spearheading the 2018 Construction Career Awareness / Hiring Event on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 from 9am – 5pm at the Sims Legion Park located at 1201-1299 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Gastonia NC.  This event is in partnership with Gaston County Schools, City of Gastonia, Gaston County Economic Development and the Gaston Workforce Development Board.  This event will offer hands-on-activities for over 800 Gaston County students to explore Construction Skilled Trades.  During the event “top-notch” students will have the opportunity to compete with other Gaston County students to showcase their skills in each chosen construction area: Carpentry, Masonry, Electrical, and Welding.  In addition, employers have the opportunity to meet with students and offer summer internships to students.

 Student competitions are scheduled to begin at 9:00 am. Students from Gaston County Middle Schools will attend from 9:30 am – 11:00 am.  High School Trade & Industrial students and their instructors will attend from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Once students leave the venue, the event will be “Open to the Public” for recruitment from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

Download Flyer here.


For employers or community partners interested in participating in this event please contact Carolyn Beaver, Business Services Representative, at or call 704-862-7637 or complete registration below.

Please share the attached information to other Construction Industry Leaders to participate in this event and “Save-the-Date” –   April 11th, 2018. To complete registration for the event Today, click on link below! Registration must be completed by 03/09/2018.

We are currently working on additional sponsorships for materials, tools, etc., if you would like to provide donations. 

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NCWorks Staff Tour Mt. Holly Daimler Plant

 “Some of the interesting facts that we learned at the Daimler plant tour is that they have a strong focus and commitment on ergonomical working conditions.”, Claudette Argabrite, NCWorks Career Center Manager pictured left along with Annisa Morton, NCWorks Employment Consultant Supervisor I, and Christen Robinson, WIOA Operations Supervisor.


The Gaston County Workforce Development Board would like to extend its warmest appreciation and gratitude to Daimler Trucks North America. The NCWorks Career Center Staff and several community partners were invited to attend an employer guided tour of the Daimler Plant in Mount Holly. The tour provided insight into the company’s dynamic, work environment, and much more which provided to be a great learning opportunity for all.

When Career Center staff engage in employer plant tours, it allows staff to have a better understanding of the company’s working conditions and the primary job responsibilities for most jobs. Particularly in manufacturing and textiles, the additional staff development enables the career center staff to complete better quality job referrals. This in turns helps employers more easily find qualified candidates and helps link jobs seeks to more suitable jobs.


**For more information about these opportunities and other business services, please call the Gaston County Workforce Development Board at (704) 862-7891 or contact the NCWorks Career Center Gaston at (704) 853-5328.