LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – More than 11,000 union workers are needed to build the high-speed Brightline rail from Las Vegas to Southern California, and FOX5 spoke to Laborers Local 872 about the workers who will kick off the project’s construction and how you can get recruited to work in the field.

Three thousand construction and trade workers will be recruited, trained and hired within Southern Nevada among numerous different trades. Members of the Laborers Union are responsible for starting the project and leading the way for other trades to follow, all the way to the California border.

“Laborers are pretty much the backbone of the construction industry. We’re the first ones on the job and the last ones off for the job,” said Archie Walden, training director and apprentice coordinator for Laborers Local 872. “Going all the way to the border is going to be exciting. It’s going to open up the doors for new apprenticeship,” Walden said.

Walden explains how becoming a Laborer is an ideal opportunity for high school students who are about to graduate.

“It’s earn while you learn. You’re getting a job—and not just the job, but it’s providing you with a career,” Walden said.

For more information on apprenticeships with Laborers Local 872, click here: Local 872

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