Laura L. Rodwan | [email protected] | c: 313.477.2750
Detroiters Encouraged to Apply to Enroll in Access for All Building and Construction Trades Apprenticeship Readiness Training Program
DETROIT, Mich., April 14, 2014—Access for All is an apprenticeship readiness program designed to recruit, screen, assess, select and train Detroit residents to compete successfully for entry into registered apprenticeship training programs in six building and construction trades: laborers, operating engineers, iron workers, cement masons, carpenters and electricians. Access for All staff will work with participants who complete the training to apply for apprenticeship openings in the participating building trades and to apply for jobs with union construction contractors.
This program is for unemployed or underemployed residents of the City of Detroit who are at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or a GED. A participant must have a Michigan Driver’s License and be able to pass a drug screen and a criminal background check.
Access for All is a pilot program that includes 294 hours of classroom and worksite training. While those who are accepted into the apprenticeship program can expect to spend 3-5 years there, they will be paid as they learn.
Access for All is funded privately by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund, which is operated by United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Partners include HRDI, an independent training nonprofit affiliated with the AFL-CIO, SER Metro, Southwest Solutions, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, Michigan Building and Construction Trades Association, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and many others.
“The purpose of this collaborative program is to strengthen our workforce and our community by training and placing Detroiters in well-paying, middle-class jobs,” said Karen Tyler-Ruiz, Director, Detroit Regional Workforce Fund (DRWF).
Enrollment has begun for classes that will start in in May. Detroiters interested in training to becoming electricians, carpenters, operating engineers laborers, cement masons and ironworkers should contact an Access for All representative today by calling (313) 945-5200, ext. 4317.