CONSTRUCTION WORKFORCE INITIATIVE HOLDS FINAL REGISTRATION DRIVE OF THE YEAR FOR TRAINING & JOB PLACEMENT PROGRAM
(9/12/2007) APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH FRIDAY
NEW HAVEN- Twice a year, the Construction Workforce Initiative (CWI) accepts applications from New Haven residents who are interested in obtaining jobs in the construction industry. CWI provides thorough training followed by job placement for successful applicants. The final application cycle for this year will end on Friday, September 14th. Interested residents must submit completed applications no later than 1p.m. on Friday to the Hall of Records at 200 Orange Street.
“This is a great program that has helped many individuals in our city. But, women are underrepresented. We want women to know that this program is for them too,” said Nichole Jefferson, Executive Director of the Commission on Equal Opportunities. “Just because the industry has traditionally been dominated by men, women shouldn't be discouraged. On the contrary, we want to see diversity in our training and placements.”
To be considered for the program, candidates must be at least 18 year of age and must provide the following documentation:
• High School Diploma & Transcripts or GED
• Social Security Card
• Birth Certificate
• Verification of Residency in New Haven
• Valid Driver’s License
After submitting completed applications, candidates experience a 4-hour orientation and take a written math, reading and basic mechanical knowledge aptitude test.
“Thanks to the great work of the Commission and the contributions of our partners, we’re able to prepare residents not only for jobs but for careers in the construction industry,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “We’re working to open doors individuals who need jobs by giving them valuable tools and providing direct placement in construction trades. Our City-wide School Construction program and projects through the Housing Authority have created great opportunities for jobs in this field in New Haven. When we work with our partners we can accomplish great things.”
After orientation, passing the aptitude test, completing workshops, drug testing and assessments, candidates are placed in construction trades to begin the apprenticeship and training component of the program. Job placement will involve positions such as: general laborer, asbestos laborer, plumbing, electrical, roofing, painting, insulation, masonry and more.
More than 1,000 individuals have gone through the CWI program. CWI is a project housed under the Commission on Equal Opportunities and primarily funded by the City, Yale University and the Housing Authority of New Haven. The Commission on Equal Opportunities provides workshops, career development schools and multiple programs to train individuals interested in pursuing employment in the construction industry with skills necessary to be successful. The Commission’s mission is to enforce fair housing, fair employment laws, contract compliance regulations, Career Development School, resident training and Construction Workforce Initiative 2 employment opportunities through each of its five divisions.
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