Akron, Ohio (February 6, 2015) – The largest construction project in the history of Akron will continue to provide jobs for Akron residents as the City begins its Construction Workforce Pre-Apprenticeship Program this Monday. After several outreach events, the selection process for this first class was completed in mid-January.  This City is proud to announce that the first class will consist of fifty-two participants, all Akron residents, who were chosen by a committee based on a set selection criteria and an interview process.

In conjunction with local Trade Unions (Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Local 109, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 306, Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 894, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 219, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 285, and the Teamsters Local 348) and the Akron Summit Community Action, Inc., these students will complete a 5-week program designed to train and upgrade their skills for potential entrance into a local construction trade apprenticeship program.

Training will include an Introduction to Trade Requirements and Union Memberships, OSHA-10 certification, and other introductory courses in the areas of hand and power tools, materials handling, and other skills training. Soft skills training will include problem solving, communications, fitness, nutrition, mental toughness, and more.

“One of our goals is to train our residents so they have the necessary skills to work on our sewer projects.  Our residents will be learning lifelong skills that they can use even beyond our sewer project,” said Mayor Don Plusquellic. “Our goal is to get our residents the training they need so that they can get jobs that pay well and become careers.”