Last Thursday, the Jacobs Center hosted the Construction Careers Hiring Event, an event aimed at assisting our Local Hire efforts for construction jobs as outlined in the Community Economic Opportunity Plan (CEOP). The hiring event would help us, Chelsea Investment Corporation and their general contractor Emmerson Construction, our partner in the building of the Trolley Park Terrace affordable housing complex, hire local construction workers to build the 52-unit apartment homes. We had a fantastic turnout of men and women looking for job opportunities with the Trolley Park Terrace project as well as jobs and apprenticeships available from the 23 exhibitors that were hiring at the event.
Among those exhibitors were:
- 8 Trolley Park Terrace focused contractors and 3 “Other” contractors/employers.
- 6 paid Apprenticeship programs – both union and non-union.
- 2 construction staffing companies.
- 3 local workforce programs that focus on construction training opportunities.
We were ecstatic to see nearly 100 job seekers attend the event, which is double the number of people that came out to our previous hiring event. Many of those who came out in search of a job opportunity were residents of the Diamond Neighborhoods. People waited in line and filled out applications on site, proving that there is a demand for good paying construction careers to be found not only with locals but with those who came from outside the Diamond.
Steven Steppe of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus of San Diego and Imperial Counties reported that as a result of the last two construction hiring events held by the Jacobs Center in June and July more than 76 people have been invited to a special walk-through to learn more about the IBEW Local 569 Apprenticeship Programs. This is always great news to hear! Through our hiring events, we hope to bring about more career opportunities to people in the Diamond Neighborhoods and help build a thriving economy.
This event was truly a collaborative effort. We thank all our partners, exhibitors and job seekers who came out to help build a better, stronger Diamond!