BRONX, NY August 12, 2019 – Building Skills New York, a non-profit organization working to provide underserved New Yorkers with good paying jobs, announced today the August Bronx Worker of the Month, John Guzman.
Guzman works for L&M’s Story Avenue apartment development in the Bronx, installing luxury vinyl tile.
“I was frustrated with low-paying jobs I held in the restaurant industry and looking to make a change, but I struggled to break into the construction industry on my own,” said Guzman. “Once I connected with Building Skills, they were able to quickly find me a well-paying job in my very own neighborhood.”
Last year Building Skills NY filled 235 NYC construction and related jobs, with Bronx residents making up 41 percent of workers placed. Recently, Building Skills NY announced a significant mid-year increase in construction job placements and improved efficiency in worker screenings. Job placements for the first half of 2019 are up more than 70% compared to the first half of 2018.
Building Skills helps New Yorkers find work through free job training and job placement services. Additionally, Building Skills continues to provide on-the-job support to each worker as they seek to broaden their skillset and advance their construction career.
BSNY’s “Worker of the Month” monthly series aims to highlight and honor workers placed in jobs throughout New York City.