SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The San Francisco Department of Public Works threw open its doors Thursday to let school kids get their hands on big machinery, and just maybe consider a future in the building trades.
San Francisco has several big construction projects in the planning stages, from the new cruise ship terminal to the Warriors arena, but the city’s supply of skilled laborers is shrinking.
Enter the next generation.
If Isabella and other fifth graders from the San Francisco School were any indication, there isn’t a kid out there who wouldn’t want to work the levers of a backhoe to scoop and dig shovelfuls of dirt.
“I’ve seen it on construction sites a lot, and our school’s under construction, and I’ve seen that,” she said.
“I really enjoy seeing how you control it, because there seems to be a lot of gadgets on the claw and on the shovel.”