Construction Trades Program
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Description of the Construction Trades Program (CTP)
The Marin City Construction Trades Program (CTP) will operate year-round with a fiscal year beginning on October 1st and ending on September 30th of the following year. The purpose of this program is to assist Marin residents obtain viable livable wage construction jobs in four construction trades areas: 1) Laborers (Local 261) 2) Electricians (IBEW 551); 3) Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA Local 38); and 4) Brick-Masons (Bricklayers, Tilesetters and Allied Craftworkers Local 3 Union). These construction career professions lead to livable wage annual salaries of $50,000 or more and are in high demand in the Bay Area according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2013).
The CTP construction job training will address the complex barriers facing low-income low-skilled and at-risk populations. Recognizing the viable opportunities the construction trades provide to develop skills and earn living wages, MCCDC worked closely with several Union representatives to create a program specific to the targeted population. The targeted population also includes: individuals released under the County’s Realignment Partnership, and individuals who have been released from State prison, County jails, or a juvenile facility. Such individuals must be under the supervision of a parole or probation department officer to avoid being at risk of becoming involved in criminal behavior.
The purpose of the Marin City Construction Training Program (CTP) is to help develop livable wage jobs in the Bay Area construction industry for Marin City residents. The CTP will target adults from 18 to 35 years of age who are lower income or facing obstacles and life experiences that have placed them in the high-risk employee category such as poor or limited education, probation or parolee status, poor job history, or lack of the soft skills needed to become successful on the job. We plan to include women and parolees in the program through special marketing outreach campaigns and through partnerships with agencies such as the Marin County Department of Probation and the number of agency partners which we developed through the Thriving Families Network. MCCDC will also target specialized outreach to low-income population pockets in Marin County, such as Marin City, Canal, and Hamilton areas.
We shall pre-screen potential candidates for: the level of commitment to work as a construction worker and laborer, the desire to be part of a union, current drug use, a valid driver’s license, and available transportation since these factors are prerequisites for union membership. Once accepted into CTP, participants receive soft skills training specifically designed to help prepare them for working in the construction environment Training includes communication skills, problem solving, decision making, responsibility and time management, how to work with others, handling difficulty situations on the job, and following directions. Basic employment practices covered include attendance, punctuality, responsibility, professionalism, and commitment. A career assessment tool will also be used to determine the participant’s suitability for work in the construction industry and help ascertain their suitability for the profession. MCCDC staff will arrange participant interviews with professional contractors to determine the participants’ qualifications and motivation to stay in the industry. Participants will be able to voice their preferences for one of the five construction areas and select a customized 3 week specialty training rotation (electrician, laborer, brick mason, plumber or landscaper) after completion of their basic direct entry construction training that is the pathway for direct employment with the Unions in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.
The four week core construction industry training provided by Labor Union 261 will take place on the grounds of the MCCDC. It will include the following:
The training classes will take place from Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 4:00pm with a one hour lunch at the MCCDC site. Maximum class size is 20 participants per class. The annual MCCDC Construction Trades Program will provide two cohorts of 20 participants; one cohort in the Winter and another in the Spring for a total of 40 participants.
Marin City Construction Trades Program (CTP)
The participants will be recruited and prescreened by
MCCDC. The construction employers will be recruited and
trained by MCCDC about the effectiveness and high
productivity of MCCDC-trained construction laborers.
Participants will receive an intensive construction worker
training program sanctioned, approved and delivered by
the Laborers Community Training Foundation,
direct-entry status with Local 261 Laborers Union,
and with the support of the IBEW (electrical), Plumbers,
and the Brick-Masons Union. Participants will receive soft
skills training from the date of their enrollment and
throughout their pre-apprenticeship training including
an intensive 8-week Construction Boot Camp, a 3-week
rotation in the landscaping, plumbing, electrical or brick
mason industry, construction math training, Construction
Union testing and enrollment support, and union member
professional development and follow-up services that include
work with direct placement supervisors to ensure the
participant adjusts well to the job and acquires the proper
construction equipment to get the job done well. CTP
graduates may be placed directly on the job upon
graduation or placed as temporary workers through
MCCDC’s employment service at livable hourly wages
ranging from $18 to $28 per hour.
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