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Second Public Informational Meeting for Upcoming Workforce Training


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City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 12-09-2014

           The City of Akron will be holding its second informational meeting about additional training programs for residents who are unemployed or underemployed.

            On December 15th, the City will sponsor a public meeting to provide information to residents regarding a new training program that will prepare them to work on the federally-mandated sewer project, or a for a career in the trades.  Local trade Unions will be on-hand at the meeting to provide information and answer questions about union apprenticeship programs and membership. 

            In conjunction with the Akron Urban League and Akron Summit Community Action Inc., the Unions will provide information to residents regarding the skills needed to gain entry into the Unions’ trades for construction laborers, operators, pipefitters, carpenters, electrical workers, and truck driving.  The purpose of the meeting is to hand out applications, answer questions, and inform residents.  The ultimate goal of the overall program is to identify, train, and prepare residents for opportunities within these sectors. The Local trade unions involved in the upcoming informational meeting include:

·         Tri-County Building & Construction Trades Council

·         International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 348

·         Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 894

·         United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 285

·         International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 306

·         Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association Local 109

·         Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 219

·          International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18 


            Previously, the City provided free training to residents so that they could obtain their CDL licenses. The City then employed some of the newly trained and licensed drivers to operate trucks to haul materials out of the sewer construction sites. Others that were trained found private employment driving trucks.

          “It is our hope that residents will take advantage of this information meeting so that they can go on to be trained, and then obtain work on the sewer project or in other public and private sector jobs,” said Plusquellic.  “We are committed to training and employing our residents to do some of the work necessary to complete this very expensive federally mandated project.  The training will also provide valuable lifelong skills that can be used beyond our sewer project. Our goal is to get our residents working.”

          Applications for the classes will be available at the Construction Workforce Pre-Apprentice Outreach Program being held at the East Community Learning Center, 80 Brittain Rd., on Monday, December 15th, 2014, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Applications will be completed and collected onsite, and potential candidates must meet minimum requirements prior to training.  

            In addition, applicants are required to arrive at the start of the event and remain for the duration.

            Mayor Plusquellic and local union officials have lauded the employment of Akron residents through the CSO program as an opportunity in the face of challenging circumstances.  Some of the qualifying individuals selected to participate in the training classes may also be tapped to provide temporary/seasonal work related to the CSO projects.


For further information, contact:
stephanie york
communications director
Phone: 330-375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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