A grant from Bank of America will pay for retraining workers who lost their jobs to COVID-19. Courtesy of the CDC of Tampa
The CDC of Tampa will train workers for the construction industry. Courtesy of the CDC of Tampa
Construction workers are in hot demand so those who effectively transition to learn a new trade may experience lifelong benefits. Courtesy of the CDC of Tampa
A flyer announcing how to sign up for retraining Courtesy of the CDC of Tampa
A grant from Bank of America will be used to help retrain dozens of unemployed East Tampa residents hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and get them back in the workforce.
The Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc. (CDC) received $75,000, which it plans to use to conduct rapid retraining sessions in the trades, including road work, pipefitting, electrical, and HVAC, says Ernest M. Coney Jr. CEO for the CDC.
The Pinellas County Urban League received an identical grant.
Both organizations are using the money to expand workforce development programs, which include helping those who go through the training to get job placement.
“We are really excited,” says Coney, noting that the CDC has already received the grant and training will begin the first week of October.
“With everything going on with COVID, we will do short term certifications and training in the construction trades. We have already partnered with a lot of the general contractors who are doing the work. One of the fastest-growing areas over the past few months has been construction trades as work has picked back up.”
People are still able to sign up for the training and there will be 15-20 people accepted for each class. Coney says the classes will be ongoing.
Anyone interested in signing up for a class can visit the CDC site on Facebook or call Kimberly Kitchens with the Workforce Development Center & Tampa Vocational Institute at 813-231-4362, Ext. 3360.
The CDC was issued a special invitation to apply for the grant and was chosen based on its track record in the targeted area, Coney says.
“We have been doing this work for a while and have proven results.”