In Detroit, both management and labor partners are building a program that helps low-income workers launch their careers.
During the economic downturn several years ago, many Detroit residents had to search for any job that could pay the immediate bills instead of a promising career that could provide a future. Building trades unions and their affiliated contractor associations stepped up with the Access for All program (accessforalldetroit.com) to help those seeking a career in construction find a pathway to success.
That investment is paying off now that the Motor City’s economy has turned around, and there is unprecedented demand for skilled union construction workers, according to SMACNA contractor and CASS Sheet Metal President Glenn Parvin.
“We want to create a better Detroit and create more opportunities for residents,” he said.
Mr. Parvin is a board member for the sheet metal apprenticeship training center sponsored by the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 80 and contractors of the SMACNA Metropolitan Detroit Chapter.