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Building Trades’ New Skilled Construction Training Effort, CHOICE, Gets Rolling in D.C. Area

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In order to help prepare more workers for skilled construction in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metro-area, North America’s Building Trades Unions have created a new program, the Community Hub for Opportunities in Construction Employment (CHOICE).  Launched in June, CHOICE works with industry, government, and community leaders to raise industry standards and provide career training opportunities for local residents.  The Building Trades will seek to include CHOICE and its participants in the Project Labor Agreements it enters into with local governments and businesses in the region.

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CHOICE is designed to target underprivileged groups in this region, including youths, women, minorities, and transitioning veterans. Currently, the program is comprised of 28 building and construction trades local unions. These unions represent thousands of skilled professionals in the construction industry, and operate more than 20 skilled craft apprenticeship training centers across the region.

Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions, explained the launch of the program in a statement:

“Our intention with the launch of C.H.O.I.C.E. is to put in place a new approach that incorporates the successful implementation of a business model that is premised upon collaboration and partnership with companies, whole industries, local governments and community groups in order to provide measurable value in all that we do.”

In September CHOICE announced a “Commitment to Action” to ensure youth employment in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).  During the next five years CHOICE and CGI will create a registered apprenticeship program.  The goal of the apprenticeship program is to serve 125 unemployed workers between the ages of 18-25 over the next half of a decade.  

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