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New York Building Foundation bolsters training fund

Funding provided by the New York Building Foundation will enable participants in Building Skills New York (BSNY) to receive additional construction safety training provided by Hostos Community College.

The workforce training programming will help BSNY expand its efforts to bring employment opportunities to unemployed and underemployed workers in local communities across the five boroughs.

The $10,000 grant from the Building Foundation – the charitable arm of the New York Building Congress – will fund OSHA-30 safety training for 25 New York City residents in facilities located at Hostos Community College’s Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

This year, BSNY has placed New York City residents in 115 local construction projects in or near their home neighborhoods. Of these workers, 64 percent are African American and 36 percent are Hispanic or Latino. In addition, 47 percent of placements were made in the Bronx – the most placements than any other borough so far, this year.

“Building Skills New York is committed to connecting City residents with construction jobs and helping them find the training and support services to turn such employment into a meaningful, well-paid career. We are honored to collaborate with Building Foundation and Hostos Community College to train and connect workers with good-paying jobs in local construction sites,” said David Meade, Executive Director of Building Skills New York.

The program at Hostos offers fully covered OSHA-30 certification training, which provides extensive safety training on the safety and health hazards on construction sites. BSNY will work closely with the candidates, employers, and Hostos Community College to ensure successful completion of the program.

The new program will bolster the partnership between BSNY and the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Hostos Community College, a key driver in providing skills training modules with highly qualified instructors. BSNY serves as an entry point into the construction field and real estate industry for unemployed and underemployed workers as well as individuals without pre-existing relationships with contractors.

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