A Pathway to Middle-Class Jobs

 

The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills opens opportunities in the unionized building trades.

 

The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC) and its affiliates are committed to providing opportunities for middle-class employment in the unionized building and construction trades to all New Yorkers. The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills puts that commitment into action through its program that provides apprenticeship preparation and direct entry access to unionized apprenticeship programs jointly sponsored by affiliates of the BCTC. Through new funding provided by New York City’s Green Jobs Corps, the program is available to more city residents than ever before.
 
Since its inception in 2001, The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills (CSKILLS) has grown into a nationally recognized model for addressing training and employment issues in the unionized construction industry.  The CSKILLS apprenticeship preparation program opens the door to New York City residents seeking careers in the unionized building and construction trades. CSKILLS provides access to meaningful long
term careers that pay good wages and benefits. The Consortium for Worker Education is the long-termed training provider for the CSKILLS pre-apprenticeship programs.
 
The Green Jobs Corps, announced last year, builds on the success of the Sandy Build it Back program which, provided pre-apprenticeship training and direct entry access to residents of Sandy-impacted areas of the city. CSKILLS, along with Nontraditional Employment for Women, Building Works, and Helmets to Hardhats, provided a pathway for Sandy-impacted New Yorkers to help rebuild their neighborhoods while gaining employment as apprentices in a building trades union. Through Green Jobs Corps, that model is now being replicated and expanded to all New York residents.
 
So far, two cycles of participants have completed the program and are beginning careers as building trades apprentices.
 
“Since 2001, The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills has provided direct entry access to unionized apprenticeship opportunities to New York City public high school students,” said Nicole Bertran, the program’s Executive Vice President. “Our apprenticeship readiness training provides critical skills and direct entry access to meaningful careers in the unionized construction industry to residents of all five boroughs of our city. Now, with the City’s investment in the Green Jobs Corps Initiative, our program will expand to serve adult residents. We are honored to be a part of the City’s Green Jobs Corps Initiative and look forward to continuing to provide opportunities to residents and contributing to the diversity of the unionized building trades.”