Urban League Construction Job Training Saturday

Los Angeles is experiencing a construction boom not seen since the post war days, when enormous swaths of its landscape were razed to make way for freeways. Today, there are 12 rail lines, 15 highway projects and 2,000 bus lines either in the planning stages or under development that hopefully will ease congestion and pollution in Los Angeles County.

These rail lines not only will transport people, they also will serve as economic engines, bringing thousands of jobs to the region. But working in construction takes skills and that is where the Los Angeles Urban League’s Construction Careers Information Center comes into play.

The Careers Information Center will offer advice, guidance, skill development and services to anyone seeking employment in the construction industry.  There will also be opportunities to meet with the construction companies and builders that will be hiring.

The kickoff event begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Macy’s Bridge. There will be presentations every hour as well as information booths from Los Angeles’ Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors, Los Angeles World Airports, the Los Angeles/Orange County Building & Construction Trades Council, Turner Construction, Balfour Beatty Construction, LAUSD/We Build, The City of Los Angeles, PV Jobs and many others.

“Public spending in Los Angeles is about to reach historic levels,” said Nolan Rollins, chief executive of the Los Angeles Urban League. “If we are to ensure the economic stability of our great city we must be intentional about putting our people to work on our projects.”

The Crenshaw-to-LAX rail line alone, which is scheduled to begin construction this year, will span 8.5 miles from South Los Angeles to the airport. The $2 billion-project is projected to be a powerful economic catalyst for the Crenshaw corridor, attracting investment and business development once the Crenshaw line is built.

“This is an opportunity that cannot be missed,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “These jobs have longevity, benefits and possibilities for future employment. I look forward to seeing many Los Angeles residents working on the front lines of these exciting new construction projects.”