With many quad citians still out of work, upcoming construction projects are providing some hope.
A job fair in Rock Island is trying to bridge the gap between unemployment and job security.
Experts say training and preparation are the key things needed to land a job.
"We are trying to get people to say hey there are opportunities that are in our community we have a great workforce here and we have to get them filled and get people trained," said Executive Director of Quad Cities Interfaith Leslie Kilgannon.
But for many job seekers its a tough road when you're unemployed for a while.
"It can be a little depressing and it does play on your ability to always have something steady for your family it is very difficult," said Rock Island resident Valerie Berryman.
The job fair included state officials detailing the positions that are needed for some major projects like the I–74 reconstruction.
"We want to see more buildings of roads and bridges and we want to create opportunities for workers to become apprentices in the skilled trade to do decent work," said Joe Costigan, Director of Illinois Department of labor.
Reps from schools offered details on training programs that would get people ready for jobs in construction, highway maintenance, and electrical work.
"It helps as far as where to looks, who to contact, it's a great opportunity for us to get familiar with certain employers," said Rock Island resident Byran Karwath.
Hopefully for many it will offer a chance to get a foot in the door.
"So people can take the first step to get the help they need to understand what is necessary what will be useful to provide a career path," said Costigan.
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