Construction group set to supercharge worker skills as labor shortage threatens recovery

Building Skills New York (BSNY) partners with Bronx Community College to help construction workers improve their skills and avoid a labor shortage caused in part by a lack of skilled workers.

The new Construction Career Accelerator (CCA) program will enable employees already registered with BSNY to complete advanced electrical, plumbing and carpentry training.

The program comes as the construction industry is experiencing a rapid recovery after being hit hard by the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.

A labor shortage that existed before the COVID crisis has worsened in the past year, with construction industry experts predicting that by 2020, companies will need to hire 430,000 more workers than they employed.

DAVID MEADE

“We know that New York will have to work its way out of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic, and also that the construction industry has many opportunities to provide the thousands of people who will be left unemployed as a result of that crisis,” he said. . BSNY Executive Director David Meade.

“Together, BSNY and its partners such as BCC are working to ensure that individuals in some of the most vulnerable communities can take advantage of all that the construction industry has to offer by learning critical skills that will help them on their path to success.”

Founded in 2012 by leaders in the affordable housing industry, BSNY is a nonprofit that helps New York residents find jobs on local construction sites in underserved communities.

The organization has partnered with developers including Arker Companies, BFC Partners, L+ M Development and Related Companies, and has placed underpaid locals in hundreds of jobs on their sites and others.

The Construction Career Accelerator (CCA) program, powered by a grant from the New York State Department of Labor, will help BSNY participants already placed on construction sites in the five boroughs gain the skills necessary to advance their careers. to help forward.

Scholarships have already been awarded to BSNY employees who have proven themselves in the field and have expressed an interest in pursuing advanced electrical, plumbing and carpentry training.

Each class participates in up to 200 hours of technical skills training offered by BCC, which offers the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum, a nationally recognized certification system for skilled construction workers. The legitimation process follows a series of stackable workouts that facilitate a progression of skill acquisition. This summer’s classes include an NCCER core, NCCER electrics, NCCER carpentry, and NCCER plumbing.

“We are excited to launch this unique skills training program with Bronx Community College, which will provide the best instruction to take BSNY participants to the next level in their respective careers,” said Meade.

“The CCA furthers our mission to help traditionally disadvantaged New Yorkers access economic mobility and professional development, while also helping to revitalize their own neighborhoods.

“We look forward to repeating this program to improve workers and strengthen the construction industry at a critical time in the city’s history.”

“Bronx Community College has a long history of providing skills training to the New York City workforce, benefiting both the employees and the industries in which they work,” added BCC President Thomas A. Isekenegbe. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with Building Skills New York and bring new talent to the construction companies that help develop our city.”

“Building Skills helps individuals in all five boroughs build successful, high-paying careers in New York’s growing construction industry. I am delighted that this program will give my constituents access to quality education courses that will help them build their resumes and increase their chances of joining – and growing in – this industry, while helping to grow their own neighborhoods,” said councilor Oswald Feliz.

“As our post-pandemic economic recovery continues, it is critical that we provide individuals with the skills they need to succeed in the long term and that they can take from one workplace to another.”

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