Construction jobs creator hires 1,000th worker


Building Skills New York, a non-profit organization that
provides underserved New Yorkers with good-paying jobs on local construction
sites, is marking the placement of its 1,000th worker.

Harlem resident Tariq Butler (pictured top) was placed in a mason position on the Sendero Verde project, a nearly full-block affordable housing development on 112th Street in East Harlem two months ago. Butler was referred to Building Skills through Positive Workforce Inc., a Harlem-based minority advocacy and employment service organization.

Since Building Skills’ founding, the organization has doubled
its number of total placements in just the past year and a half.

“We are incredibly proud to announce this exciting
development in the history of the Building Skills program, which is meaningful
not only for our organization, but also for its supporters and, most
importantly, the many workers we assist and serve,” said David Meade, executive
director of Building Skills.

 “We are more
confident than ever before that the Building Skills model works. We look
forward to continuing to grow our organization and assist even more New Yorkers
in creating a solid career path in construction while contributing to the
future of our great city.”

Butler was placed with Cosan Construction Corp., a masonry
and self-leveling company that focuses on large-scale affordable and
market-rate housing developments.

“We congratulate Tariq on this significant milestone, which
is a testament both to his strong work ethic and the long-standing commitment
of Building Skills to help individuals like him to get connected to good paying
jobs,” said Terence Ferguson, Principal at Cosan. “We look forward to seeing
Tariq continue to succeed, and also to keep working with Building Skills to
generate future opportunities for anyone looking to get involved in a great
industry and establish a strong foundation for both themselves and their

“We are proud to not only have Tariq join us on this vital project that will deliver much-needed high-quality affordable housing, but also to partner with Building Skills on connecting underserved communities with good-paying jobs,” said Matt Arbeit, Senior Project Manager at L+M Builders, which is developing Sendero Verde.

Sendero Verede rendering

“We congratulate Building Skills on reaching this important
milestone and look forward to working with them to secure employment for under-
and unemployed New Yorkers in this critical moment.”

Building Skills’ growth in its number of worker placements
is largely due to a more robust worker pipeline, driven by strong referrals
from workforce development partners and an increasingly efficient jobseeker
intake process. Building Skills continually adds job candidates to its worker
pipeline, all of whom have either been placed or are in the process of being
placed in local construction jobs.

 “Expanding access to
job opportunities in the construction industry is at the core of what we do,”
said Vinny Torres, Executive Director at Positive Workforce Inc. “As New York
City continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, this work is more
important than ever. Together with organizations like Building Skills, we will
continue to generate more local job growth and connect as many workers as
possible to this important sector of our city’s economy.”

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