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Building skills program helps trainees land 335 jobs

The growing program is helping more and more minority underemployed workers.

Building Skills New York (BSNY), a non-profit that connects underserved New Yorkers with good-paying jobs on local construction sites, announced that it has secured 335 job placements since the start of 2019.

This represents an increase of more than 42 percent over the number of placements secured during 2018.

BSNY’s growing number of worker placements is largely attributed to a more robust worker pipeline, driven by strong referrals from workforce development partners and BSNY’s increasingly efficient jobseeker intake process.

Improved efficiency in referrals, worker screening and intake has resulted in a rising jobseeker acceptance rate – up 16 percent compared to 55 percent in 2018.

During 2019, BSNY has added over 1,000 job candidates to its worker pipeline, all of whom have either been placed in or are in the process of being placed in local construction jobs.

In 2019, BSNY also facilitated a significant number of Site Safety Trainings to ensure prospective workers were up to date on New York City’s new safety requirements.

Together with a variety of city-wide partners BSNY provided 246 OSHA-30 trainings and 55 10-Hour trainings, for a total of 311 free trainings.

“Building Skills continues to open new doors to help New Yorkers find lasting careers within the construction industry,” said David Meade, executive director of Building Skills.

“We are becoming increasingly efficient and effective at placing as many workers in construction positions as possible.”

Building Skills is dedicated to providing construction jobs and trainings to typically underemployed, minority New Yorkers.

In 2019, 97 percent of workers placed by BSNY identify as Black or
Latino.

These placements and trainings help New Yorkers revitalize their neighborhoods and get on a path to long-term success for themselves and their families.

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