On February 20 the Governor Cuomo Announced $2.3 M had been awarded to nine organizations in order to provide in-demand skills training to 825 New Yorkers.
“These awards will help ensure that New Yorkers are prepared not just for the jobs of today, but are ready to take on the jobs of tomorrow,” said Governor Cuomo. “New York’s workforce must adapt to the rapid changes of the modern global economy and our Workforce Development Initiative will help New Yorkers gain the competitive edge they need to succeed.”
A $200K award went to St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development’s Skilled Build initiative. This training is an intensive, employer-driven credentialed program that leads to entry-level construction jobs on large-scale, local development projects, including the Domino Sugar Factory development by Two Trees and the Bedford Union Armory by BFC Partners.
“St. Nicks Alliance is very excited to launch our new Mobile Construction Training Lab! This lab will provide on-site training in building a structure and offer the hands-on opportunity to teach the basics of masonry and other construction trade areas.”
— Larry Rothchild, Dir. of St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development
St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development Skilled Build construction training began in 2015 to train un- and under-employed residents in construction and arm them with the necessary credentials. Skilled Build also provides placement through its partnership with Two Trees Management and other developers and their subcontractors who have a need to hire workers, especially those from the community.
Larry Rothchild, Dir. of St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development revealed one of the newest elements to the Skilled Build training, “St. Nicks Alliance is very excited to launch our new Mobile Construction Training Lab. This lab is currently located in a lot on Maspeth Avenue on part of the Greenpoint Hospital Campus development site. This lab will provide on-site training in building a structure and offer the hands-on opportunity to teach the basics of masonry and other construction trade areas. This mobile training lab will periodically move to other development sites in the area.”