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Low-Income Hiring Program Started by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Graduates New Class


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The Building Pathways program, a pre-apprenticeship program that provides construction career opportunities to low-income Boston residents, has graduated a new class of 15 men and women.  Much of the success of this program is a result of the commitment of current Boston Mayor Martin Walsh who led the program prior to winning his election.  

Mayor Walsh often refers to Building Pathways as his greatest accomplishment:

“Creating the Building Pathways program was one of my proudest achievements during my time with the Building Trades.  This is a program of opportunity that makes real, tangible change in the lives of women and people of color. I’m moved by the stories of the program participants, and I could not be more proud of the success of the program overall. Congratulations to the graduates, and I wish you the best of luck as you start your new careers.”

The ceremony marked the completion of the seventh training cycle for the program which has now graduated over 100 pre-apprentices.  Participants must complete a comprehensive application and assessment process, a 6-week life/employment and occupational skills training course, and career coaching.  They are then granted access to placement and retention support programs.  

Partners in the program include the Boston Housing Authority, Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District, Building Trades Training Director Association, and Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD).  As John J. Drew, ABCD President/CEO, explained:

Partnering with the Building Pathways program has meant helping men and women from low-income communities achieve careers that will offer stability, financial security, and tremendous opportunities for personal success.”


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