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    Construction workforce to benefit public housing residents

    (7/13/2006) Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. created the Construction Workforce Initiative as a way to insure that substantial numbers of the high-wage construction jobs created by the citywide school construction program would be held by minorities, women and New Haven residents.

    Based on the success of that program, the Mayor is now turning the City’s sights to another sector with construction employment opportunities: the New Haven Housing Authority.

    “Our goal with the construction workforce initiative is to provide the training and opportunity for a cadre of our own residents, including women and minorities, to participate in the economic rejuvenation of the City,” the Mayor said. “I am very proud of the progress we have made with this program to date and we look forward now to extending the program to public housing residents.”

    The Board of Aldermen will discuss the initiative tonight.

    Dave Moakley of Local 478, the CT Chapter of the International Union of

    Operating Engineers said, "Our hope for this partnership is to create a highly trained workforce and brighter future for the participants of this fantastic program. Local 478 is proud to be associated with the City of New Haven in the construction workforce initiative."

    Entitled the Construction Workforce Initiative 2, the program provides an opportunity for Housing Authority residents and other city residents to learn a new trade and start working in an entry-level position in construction. The first stop for apprentices will be a unique career development school – the first of its kind. The Housing Authority and the Commission on Equal Opportunities are partnering with local trade unions and joint apprenticeship training directors – carpenters, painters, laborers and plumbers – who will serve as instructors. The effort will train 64 public housing residents on public housing projects. Graduates will receive free tools, $250 each and stipends of $150 per week while working. They will learn a trade at their complexes – after that, performers will be selected to go into a trade.

    Registration for this unique new program is coming up. The City of New Haven Commission on Equal Opportunities (CEO) will be accepting applications for construction work (all crafts and trades) from July 17 to July 21. Applications can be filed between 9am and 1pm at the CEO office, City Hall (Hall or Records), 200 Orange Street, Room 402 (4th floor), New Haven. Applicants must be 18 years or older to apply and must pass a drug test to be eligible for consideration. Priority will be given to New Haven residents. Women are encouraged to apply.

    Applicants must provide:

    • High school diploma and transcripts OR GED and official test results.

    • Social security card and birth certificate.

    • Verification of New Haven residency.

    • Reliable transportation.

    The Construction Workforce Initiative 2 provides an opportunity for HANH and other City of New Haven residents to learn a new trade and start working in an entry-level position in construction. Hand tools will be provided. Workers will receive a stipend; however, no rent increase will result from working on this project.

    For additional information, please contact Edith Rawls, HANH Business Development Manager, at 498-8800, x.1075 or by email erawls@hanh-ct.org.

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