Youth training program aims to stem trades shortgage

The Westchester-Putnam Building and Construction Trades Council has partnered with Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, the City of Yonkers, and the Yonkers IDA to train young residents in the construction trades.

The IDA approved spending up to $250,000 to form the Yonkers Pathways to Apprenticeship (P2A) program, a five-week training course for Yonkers residents aged 18 to 24.

the program teaches the basic skills of different trades and provides trainees with direct entry into a career in construction.

“I don’t expect them to come in as construction workers,” said Dominique Bravo, executive director of P2A “but we have 175 hours to prepare them. They have been working hard and learning skills to achieve a good paying career in our industry.”

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