How the Workforce Development Model Can Boost Your Skills – and Your Income

As one of the first sectors to reopen after state-mandated shutdowns, the construction industry continues to be at the forefront of New York’s ongoing economic recovery. 

This is creating important new opportunities for jobseekers, as the increased need for qualified, capable workers has positioned non-profit organizations like Building Skills at the heart of the rebuilding process.

With an increased number of individuals seeking steady work, a career in construction offers clear and consistent steps that any qualified and committed worker can follow to increase their job responsibilities over time, as well as significantly boost their pay rate. Here’s how Building Skills’ model works:

Setting the Stage for Success

The workforce development model begins with a comprehensive vetting process. This first step is key in the long-term success of your employment, and ensures your existing knowledge and skills are put to good use. Think of Building Skills as your job “matchmaker.” We review your resume, OSHA certifications, and application to place you with the best possible employer match. Once we connect you with an employer, we will also stay in contact to assist you with navigating your new job, as well as providing tips on being a punctual and reliable employee. As a result, you are more likely to have a positive experience working on your site, reducing turnover and leading to higher retention rates. In 2019, approximately 80 percent of Building Skills workers remained at their job for three months or more, significantly higher than the industry benchmark of 65 percent.

Learning New Skills and Trades

Finding you a job is just the first step in the workforce development process—next comes building your skills and experiences to put you on a path of creating a long-term career in construction. Building Skills can help connect you with local skills and trade courses, which generally translate into more lucrative job opportunities. In 2019, 39 percent of Building Skills’ job placements were in skilled trades, such as masonry, plumbing, and electrical. By acquiring advanced construction skills, you can broaden your career pathways and expand your job opportunities with higher compensation skills, ensuring you are not stuck in a “dead-end” job.

Delivering Added Value to Employers

As a result of increasing your career knowledge and special skills, you are greatly enhancing your overall value to your employer, enabling you to seek and secure higher paying jobs. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data from 2019, $46,810 is the national average income for carpenters, $50,860 for masons, $53,550 for electricians, and $54,730 for iron and steel workers. A full list of trades and salaries can be found here. Investing in your skills knowledge now is sure to help you in the future, both in securing a higher wage and in landing future roles. Construction project work is often for a finite amount of time, so it’s important to stay on your toes and be ready for the next opportunity.

Though our in-person recruitment sessions remain suspended due to COVID-19, we continue to hold our jobseeker screenings virtually on Zoom. Our job opportunities continue to be updated every day, so please do not hesitate to reach out. You can call our main line at 212-776-4149 or email