Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has proclaimed October 2020 as Careers in Construction Month to raise awareness of and increase appreciation for the construction trades.
The governor signed the proclamation Thursday morning via Zoom.
She says the trades are a rewarding path for those who may not wish to seek traditional higher education and that construction is one of the key sectors of the economy.
The island has more than $800 million worth of construction activity through the National Defense Authorization Act.
And outside the fence, construction is important to attract private investors as well as to move forward with GovGuam projects such as a new hospital and the new Simon Sanchez High School.
“It’s a building block of the community. And if construction wasn’t there, we would not have schools, we would not have hospitals, police departments, office buildings, which are again, the strong, vibrant, foundation of a community,” the governor said.
Some of the most in-demand trades are cement masonry, carpentry, plumbing, and structural steelwork.
Currently, there are about 7,000 people on Guam who are employed by the construction industry.