Jobs in construction will increase as the recession ends and varying populations move to metropolitan areas causing an increase in building demand. Construction jobs are made up of a majority of middle-skill workers with high school education or less. These jobs offer union participation and apprenticeships, and are a strong pipeline for justice-involved young workers that may not have opportunities in other industries.
- Center for Latino Progress partners with organized labor and an employer to offer instruction in two tracks in construction. The program provides stipends, incentives, and staff work with each youth to create an Individual Service Plans to guide their learning.
- Urban League of Greater Hartford partners with employers to deliver a comprehensive, contextualized learning experience combined with occupational skills instruction. Also, if needed, youth have the opportunity to attain their GED.
- Through June 2015, Capitol Region Education Council offered a contextualized learning program for justice-involved high school dropouts (ages 18-24), preparing for the GED, offering industry credentials, and providing internships. This training program used an Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (I-BEST), a nationally recognized model that develops literacy and work readiness skills.