Building skills and hired to build

St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development places 38 in construction jobs.

St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development Center has surpassed their previous success by having placed 38 people in construction jobs within the past six months. 16 local residents (15 who graduated from its Skilled Build training) were hired at the Domino Sugar factory site, an iconic industrial property that will be transformed into a state-of-the-art, 400,000-square-foot, mixed-use waterfront development by developer Two Trees Management.

“Our partnership with Two Tree illustrates how a real community agreement to hire local residents at a redevelopment site can have significant impact on members of the community.”

St. Nicks Alliance was brought in on the Domino project in 2014 with the support of Council Member Antonio Reynoso. The councilman saw the potential for many of his constituents to succeed in the growing construction field with the help of training. Two Trees and St. Nicks Alliance devised a strategy to develop a prepared local workforce with capabilities in construction, building services, and permanent commercial jobs to supply the 10-year redevelopment project.

In early 2016, St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development launched Skilled Build: a five and one-half week rigorous construction training to provide an entry into the field. Graduates receive recognized credentials (i.e., OSHA 10, scaffolding, flagger and 80-hour NCCER) along with workplace success skills training. Two Trees subsequently committed to filling 40 local jobs with Skilled Build graduates. Placements on the Domino Project are coordinated by Two Trees, St. Nicks Alliance account managers, and six of the company’s subcontractors.

A Skilled Build students puts their new expertise to work in the field.

“Our partnership with Two Tree illustrates how a real community agreement to hire local residents at a redevelopment site can have significant impact on members of the community. We have already used this successful model and expanded both our construction training and community partnerships to include the redevelopment of the Rheingold Brewery site and to jobs created by our own affordable housing development,” stated Michael Rochford, Executive Director of St. Nicks Alliance.

“The St. Nicks Alliance board is deeply committed to creating paths to employment. We are very pleased with our outcomes and partnership opportunity with Two Trees and these placements reflect the strong commitment and desire of job seekers for a better future and the drive of the St. Nicks Alliance team to help transform and improve lives”, said Joseph Robles, President of St. Nicks Alliance.

Funding for the 2016 Skilled Build trainings was made possible from St. Nicks Alliance board of directors, the NYS Department of Labor Regional Economic Development Council, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, and the Consortium for Worker Education.

St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development Center located at 790 Broadway in Brooklyn serves residents of North Brooklyn to identify and overcome obstacles to employment and provides job readiness coaching and direct placement, adult basic education and high school equivalency classes, and vocational skills training in construction, commercial truck driving, environmental remediation and healthcare. Prospective employers and students can contact St. Nicks Alliance Workforce at 718-302-2057 ext. 216 or visit

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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