September 12, 2016
By Neal Tepel
New York, NY – The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for pre-apprenticeship training and placement program providers to connect NYCHA residents to promising careers in the construction industry.
Providers will give residents access to job training and direct entry into skilled trade unions working on Sandy construction projects at NYCHA developments.
"By launching this initiative, NYCHA will create life-changing opportunities in New York's thriving construction industry for its Sandy impacted residents. Throughout the City's recovery efforts, the pre-apprenticeship model has been a proven success in connecting New Yorkers to careers in union construction. NYCHA has been a meaningful partner in Build it Back's work to ensure that Sandy impacted residents have access to jobs created by the City's recovery work, and we look forward to continuing that partnership as they embark on this innovative program.” said Amy Peterson, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery.
Pre-apprenticeship programs teach basic construction safety and the skills necessary to become an apprentice in a union. Graduates from these programs receive help getting placed into a union apprenticeship, which provides them with a pathway to union construction jobs. More than 5,400 workers have been hired by the City’s construction industry partners to work on Sandy-related projects. The majority—more than 3,700—are from Sandy-impacted communities.
“Pre-apprenticeship programs provide public housing residents with an important stepping stone to future good union jobs that can grant a stable livelihood for NYCHA families. These programs can set residents on a career path and will help rebuild developments impacted by Superstorm Sandy, ultimately having a lasting impact on public housing residents. We look forward to the RFP process yielding pre-apprenticeship program providers that want to work collaboratively with NYCHA residents,” said Council Member Ritchie Torres, Chair of the City Council Committee on Public Housing.
NYCHA’s recovery efforts reached a major milestone when, last year, the Authority was awarded nearly $3 billion—the largest single FEMA grant in history. The funding will repair 33 developments damaged by Sandy while also creating jobs for NYCHA residents.