Blue collar workers in New York City can expect a significant improvement in job opportunities this month. Multiple professional trades are opening their doors to apprenticeships and providing a much-needed employment boost.
The thousands of jobs opening will be kicked off with a recruiting drive by local unions for carpenters and other laborers. The only education requirement is a high school diploma, though applicants must be able to perform the tasks of the job, including working in conditions that are high in the air or significantly confined, lifting and carrying nearly 100 pounds of various materials, or safely using a shovel and wheelbarrow.
Though the recruiters are not looking for a strong educational background, they are offering competitive wages for potential employees. In many cases, salaries will be equivalent to professionals in technology or finance and will include generous benefits and pension as well.
The committee for apprenticeship and training of carpenters will conduct its recruitment through a 100-person lottery in the middle of the month. The committee for general laborers will be recruiting for 200 laborers through the end of the month. Interested workers can apply online, but only until the 2,000 applicant cap has been reached, after which recruiting will be closed. Carpenters interested in the lottery process should pick up cards at the NYCDCC Training Center between seven and ten in the morning on business days.