SAN LEANDRO, CA – Jan Michael Ayon of San Leandro came across a program while browsing Facebook that seemed too good to be true. It was a free construction training program offered by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern California and the Salvation Army.
The program offered Ayon a chance to develop his interest in carpentry into a lucrative career. He applied for the program and was accepted. Last Friday he graduated.
“The time I spent with the Construction Leadership Program was a huge investment in me for my long-term career in construction and carpentry,” Ayon said. “For me, carpentry was a hobby, but even without professional experience in the trade, I got the proper certificates and training I need to be employable. Now I look forward to applying to construction companies and apprenticeship programs to improve my craft.”
Each student has the choice to become an expert of a vocation within the construction industry to help realize their career dreams by receiving priority entry into ABC NorCal Learning Programsplaced directly with partner East Bay entrepreneurs to start working right out of the program at a living wage, or are helped to find jobs through job fairs.
“Careers in the construction trades are well-paying, transferable to all parts of the country, and in high demand by employers around the world. The construction leadership program we offer in partnership with the Salvation Army presents an excellent opportunity for people in the Bay Area looking for a fresh start to a comfortable new path in life,” said Nicole Goehring of ABC NorCal. “We understand that the people we serve have lived through unfortunate, so we commend them for their commitment to creating a better future for themselves and their families, and we stand ready to help them as much as possible to succeed.”
In addition to vocational training, individuals complete a week-long soft skills course with the Salvation Army covering job readiness training. Participants receive help writing resumes and cover letters, as well as tips on preparing for the interview and dressing for success.
“We are proud of the students who complete the program with a strong desire to change their future for the better. They are a constant reminder and inspiration of why we are partnering with ABC Northern California to host the Building Leadership Program,” Major said. James Sullivan of Alameda County of the Salvation Army. “Welcoming a change in one’s life is not easy, which is why we do everything we can to support all participants in order to help them achieve their dreams of stable and rewarding careers.”
Along with electrical work courses, students receive electrician trainee cards, OSHA 10 certification, a construction training card, boots, tools, and a tool belt to be ready to walk on a construction site.
Anyone wishing to learn new skills in construction is welcome apply online for pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs.
For the seventh year in a row, skilled trades remain the most difficult jobs to fill with more than 500,000 skilled construction workers needed, according to Build your future. ABC NorCal represents nearly 500 businesses, large and small, across Northern California.
ABC NorCal has trained more than 1,800 state and federally licensed apprentices, journeypersons and interns each year for the past 45 years.