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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.”


Roger's Rising Work Success Thanks to Boost from Job Training

Roger Leak, a father of six in his early forties, discovered St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development’s Environmental Remediation Technician (ERT) training on a visit to the Department of Labor. He had previously worked in the construction field, and had experience as an off-the-books asbestos removal worker. This first exposure to the dangers of removing asbestos without appropriate PPE, personal protective equipment, provoked his interest to gain proper ERT training. He saw that St. Nicks Alliance’s ERT training offered the opportunity to secure diverse certifications and obtain safety procedure training that would open the door to employment in the field with the potential to obtain higher wages and join a local union. These factors would give him more job security and enable him to better support his family.


Two months after graduating from the ERT training program (in August 2016) Mr. Leak was interviewed at WRS Environmental Services for a position as an Environmental Remediation Technician. He was hired the same day of his interview. In addition to the technical training for his work as an ERT, Mr. Leak praised the Workplace Success aspect of his St. Nicks Alliance training. In this training he honed his soft skills and was drilled in resume and interview development.  Mr. Leak worked over 6 months as an Environmental Remediation Technician with WRS Environmental Services, where he partnered with Con Edison employees to remove diverse asbestos from pipes miles across Manhattan. Mr. Leak became a member of local union 12A. Mr. Leak’s future goals include utilizing his diverse skills to support diverse neighborhoods across America and to assist during difficult times of natural disasters.


For more information on St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development's trainings go here: https://www.stnicksalliance.org/workforce/