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Two Trees furthers their support of St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development construction training

Two Trees Management, the developer of the Domino Sugar Factory project, recently presented St. Nicks Alliance with a check for $50K. The money will support construction training for up to 40 new hires who’ll become part of the crew that builds 260 Kent Avenue, the second residential building under construction at the Domino Sugar Factory project.

This partnership between this developer and St. Nicks Alliance’s Workforce Development began back in 2016, and Skilled Build training was born. In planning to develop the Domino Sugar Factory, Two Trees wanted to give employment opportunities to the communities neighboring the site. Residents living within Brooklyn Community Boards 1 and 4 received first dibs on the training slots, and the rest of Brooklyn could then snap up any remaining openings. St. Nicks Alliance’s Workforce Development was pivotal in empowering these job seekers with training to secure OSHA 30, Flagger/Scaffolding, FDNY F-60 Fire Guard certifications, and the 80-hour NCCER construction core credential, in addition to 2-weeks of intensive coaching in soft skills (which instructs that on time is 15 minutes early).  Two Trees hired 31 of the graduates from the first training to build their first building at the Domino Sugar site, 325 Kent Avenue, finished in 2017.

“We are thrilled to support and partner with an organization like St. Nicks Alliance, which provides important and specialized construction trade skills to local residents,” said Two Trees principal Jed Walentas. “Not only does the Skilled Build program offer training to graduates in highly demanded trade skills, it gives them the opportunity to put those skills to work right here in Brooklyn at the Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment site.”