Pavement group anticipates 1,000 new jobs over 5 years.

TheS.C. Asphalt Pavement Associationanticipates 1,000 additional jobs coming to the South Carolina asphalt paving industry over the next five years. The growth is expected because of the 2017 South Carolina Roads Bill, which is funding a resurfacing project expected to bring more than half of the state's roads up to "good" condition in 10 years, according to a news release.

The S.C. Asphalt Pavement Association and its member organizations are preparing for the expanding workforce by visiting with schools, vocational centers, state agencies and other organizations to encourage people to apply or consider a career in the asphalt industry. The group also seeks to increase partnerships with agencies, organizations and schools across the state.

The associationlaunchedthe statewide Asphalt Works campaign earlier this year to promote the hiring need and to highlight career opportunities.

"There is a national resurgence of vocational education and skilled trades, which may suit students looking to thrive outside of a traditional four-year education," Ashley R...

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