August 13 2012
A job in construction may not be the first career path you consider after high school. But consider this -- it's a well-paid field, and skilled workers are in high demand. Especially in Milwaukee.
That's why the Northcott Neighborhood House is helping young men and women enter the trade.
"The trades will indicate that the skill set is also diminishing, especially because of the age of their workers. There aren't new workers to replace the retiring workers," said Tony Kearney, project director at the Northcott Neighborhood House.
The program is called Fresh Start, and it develops young men and women over an 18-month period. Students are paid for their time, and the training is tuition-free. Students learn the basics of construction, including state certification in asbestos, hazmat, and lead renovation.
And the program is helping to change lives. Exactly 50 percent of enrollment is reserved for students who have been incarcerated or are currently on parole.
"An individual with a skill set has the ability to prove to an employer that he or she is capable of doing something. They're committed," Kearney said. "And if you're committed to something, I'm willing to take a risk on you."
To connect with the Northcott Neighborhood House, visit its official website or call (414) 372-3770.