tradeshow + Convention

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Tradeshow workers will transform any empty facility into a full show presentation in a relatively short span of time. Tradeshow workers move and handle freight, rig equipment, and set up and dismantle exhibits and modular systems. Typical job tasks include rigging and hanging signs, installing and removing carpet, as well as installing and fulfilling the general decorating requirement of the exhibitors. Work is normally found in convention centers and hotels where tradeshows take place.

The work is mentally challenging and is in an environment that represents the latest and greatest of the different industries that the tradeshow workers set up. Good communications and customer service skills are required by tradeshow workers who interact with the businesses and organizations setting up for the promotion of their products.

Percent of students who earn
while they learn: 100%

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FTI Testimonials

“These are some of the best trained skilled crafts people in the industry, not only have they worked in the crafts and out in the field on job sites but they engage with the union family and union membership.”

- Terry Nelson, District Council 82

“FTI instructors provide us with skilled quality workers and not only do those instructors have the book smarts needed to teach proper technique but they also have direct experience in the field.”

- Clark Anderson, CFO - Swanson Youngdale

“The instructors are great, they get down to a personal level. They take their knowledge and implement it into the classroom and hands-on training.”

- Kyle Paulson, Glazier Apprentice

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Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest is an educational institute dedicated to developing professional tradespeople, advancing their skills and certifying their qualifications in the Upper Midwest. Our learners include Commercial and Industrial Painters, Drywall Finishers, Glaziers, Glassworkers, Sign and Display Technicians, and Tradeshow Workers.

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