Assembly wants to improve workers’ skills as labor shortages threaten recovery


Building Skills New York (BSNY) works with the Bronx Community College to help construction workers improve their skills and address a labor shortage caused in part by a shortage of skilled workers.

The new Construction Career Accelerator (CCA) program will enable workers already registered with BSNY to complete advanced training in electrical, plumbing and carpentry.

The program comes as the construction industry is enjoying a rapid recovery after being hit hard by the pandemic economic downturn.

A labor shortage that existed before the COVID crisis has worsened over the past year as construction industry experts predict that companies will need to hire 430,000 more workers than they employed in 2020.


“We know that New York is having to work its way out of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic and that the construction industry has many opportunities to serve the thousands of people who remain unemployed as a result of this crisis,” said BSNY Managing Director David Meade.

“Together, BSNY and its partners such as BCC are working to ensure that individuals in some of the most vulnerable communities can benefit from all that the construction industry has to offer by learning key skills that will advance them on the path to success.”

Founded in 2012 by housing leaders, BSNY is a nonprofit that helps New York residents find jobs on local construction sites in underserved communities.

The organization works with developers such as Arker Companies, BFC Partners, L + M Development and Related Companies and has placed underemployed local residents in hundreds of jobs on their sites and others.

The Construction Career Accelerator (CCA) program, made possible by a grant from the New York State Department of Labor, will help BSNY participants who have worked on construction sites in the five boroughs acquire the skills necessary to advance their careers.

Scholarships have already been awarded to BSNY employees who have proven themselves in this area and who have expressed interest in advanced training in the fields of electronics, plumbers and carpenters.

Each class takes up to 200 hours of technical competence training from the BCC, which offers the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum, a nationally recognized certification system for building trades. The certification process follows a series of stackable training courses that allow for progression in skill acquisition. This summer’s courses include an NCCER Core, NCCER Electrical, NCCER Carpentry, and NCCER Plumbing.

“We are excited to launch this one-of-a-kind skills training program with the Bronx Community College, which offers world-class instruction to help BSNY students reach the next level in their respective careers,” said Meade.

“The CCA promotes our mission to provide traditionally underserved New Yorkers with access to economic mobility and professional development while helping to revitalize their own neighborhoods.

“We look forward to repeating this program to develop workers and empower the construction industry at a critical time in the city’s history.”

“The Bronx Community College has a long history of educating professionals in New York City that will benefit both the workers and the industries in which they work,” added BCC President Thomas A. Isekenegbe. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with Building Skills New York and bring new talent to the construction companies that help develop our city.”

“Building Skills is helping people in all five boroughs build successful, high-paying careers in New York’s growing construction industry. I am thrilled that this program gives my constituents access to quality educational courses that will enable them to build their resumes and increase their chances of getting into and growing in this sector while also helping to grow their own neighborhoods. “, Said councilor Oswald Feliz.

“As our post-pandemic economic recovery continues, it is vital that we equip employees with the skills they need to be successful in the long term and that they can take them with them from one job to the next.”

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