$75,000 Community Empowerment Association: Strategic Training Employment Program (STEP)
PROJECT: Strategic Training Employment Program (STEP)
PROGRAM: Spring 2015 Catalytic Grants
GRANTEE: Community Empowerment Association (CEA)
STEP is a workforce development resource to enhance the ability of local public and private developers, businesses, and organizations to recruit and retain an easily accessed, diverse, skilled, labor-ready workforce in the emerging industry sectors of the Pittsburgh region, and to better promote achievement by minorities in securing economic independence and self-sufficiency. STEP provides:
- Construction industry training as well as supplemental life/occupational skills training to local community residents seeking to enhance skill-sets and/or obtain entry-level employment in the construction trades industry
- Assistance to local public and private developers, general contractors, businesses and organizations needing to recruit and retain qualified community residents while fulfilling MWDBE, as well as HUD Section 3 participant goals and requirements on neighborhood development projects.
In addition to classroom training, practical field work experience gives the trainees hands-on training on an actual construction site and provides them the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities based on what they have learned while in the program. This also gives potential employers the opportunity to preview the trainees’ abilities and performance while rebuilding disenfranchised communities and revitalizing neighborhoods.