Community Services Agency: Building Futures Apprenticeship Outreach & Recruitment Project  

The Community Services Agency’s Building Futures program seeks to provide employers and apprenticeships with individuals who are OSHA 10 and CPR/First Aid certified, drug free, and ready to work in the basic construction trades.  Building Futures is a project currently funded through the Department of Labor-Employment Training Administration Green Jobs Innovation Fund, UPO, MARPAT, CenterCity DC, and the Community Foundation Anonymous Donor Fund.  The program was previously funded through a contract with the US General Services Administration.  

The project provides six-week pre-apprenticeship training programs for low-income area men, women and veterans.  The curriculum includes introductory coursework to the building trades, orientations to green jobs/weatherization, and hands-on training at the area’s union apprenticeship schools.  In addition to the certifications, the curriculum consists of blueprint reading, orientation to the industry, construction math, and an introduction to tools and materials.  Students also receive job readiness training, placement counseling, case management and follow-up support beyond employment placement.

The Agency has made every attempt to guarantee that we are offering qualified, hard-working candidates for employment.  Students are screened to ensure that they have a high school diploma and a driver’s license and that they are drug free, academically and physically capable, and genuinely interested in the trades.  In addition to the pre-placement support, program staff will follow-up with graduates and continue to be a resource to contribute both to their success and the success of the employer.

Click on the link below to download the Spring 2014 program brochure.

Staff on the project:
Client Services Coordinator Sylvia Casaro-Dietert, 202 974-8223
Job Development Coordinator Andrea Thompson, 202-974-8157
Case Manager Jennifer Gajdosik, 202-974-8224
Executive Director Kathleen McKirchy, 202 974-8221

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