Pre-Apprenticeship Navigation Program Launched

Pre-Apprenticeship Navigation Program Launched

Local 79 has teamed up with community partners St. Nick Alliance, Man Up, Make the Road New York, and Community Voices Heard to provide a pre-apprenticeship navigation program to men and women interested in pursuing a career in Local 79 or other building trades.  The new ten-week program, which began on March 27, seeks to educate participants about unions, union history, apprenticeship programs, resume preparation and job interview skills, workers’ rights and responsibilities, and workplace skills. Speakers include current apprentices, union organizers, and other union staff members who have worked for many years in the field as Laborers. The program culminates in a service project in one of communities served by the community partners.  Lavon Chambers, the coordinator of the program and a member of Greater New York Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) had this to say about the program: “We are thrilled to be working with our community partners to provide their members with the background and information that they need to make informed decisions about pursuing a career in the building trades. This will help ensure that the people who chose to pursue apprenticeships are eager, engaged, and understand the challenges before them and the benefits that await them.”