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Detroit ready to launch new construction jobs training program, seeks partners to provide work readiness skills


Detroit is in the process for rebuilding itself. The problem with that?  You need a lot skilled people to do all of that building.

The City of Detroit has that covered with an initiative to train new skilled workers for the upcoming high-profile builds.

The program comes from the city’s workforce agency, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC). It will focus on teaching the basic skills needed in the construction field such as math, reading and work-readiness skills.

The class will be 4-6 weeks, and the DESC has put out request for proposals (RFP) for partners for the project. Ideally, it will end up with two partners that can run a program focused on include literacy and numeracy improvements, skilled-trades career exploration and work-readiness skills and support.

“Detroit is experiencing a real construction boom that is bringing with it a lot of well-paying jobs,” says Mayor Duggan. “The goal of this program is to help make sure city residents have the skills they need to fill these jobs so we can have a turnaround that includes Detroiters rebuilding Detroit.”


It is expected graduates of the program will be ready to take off onto either jobs or apprenticeships by the end of the fall.

“Building a pipeline of Detroiters ready for careers in the construction industry is a huge priority for us,” says City of Detroit Workforce Development Director Jeff Donofrio. “This new program will help Detroiters find immediate employment on projects in our city or go on to enter into a construction certificate or skilled-trades apprenticeship program.”

All interested partners must have their bids into the downtown office of the DESC by 3 p.m., September 23. The partners will be announced in early October.  Training will begin in November with students hitting the ground running by the end of 2016.

Organizations interested in responding to the RFP should visit and click on the ‘About Us’ link. Individuals interested in participating in the training should visit the DESC website or call 1-800-285-WORKS for the location of their nearest DESC One-Stop Service Center.

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