Manhattan, NY June 2019 – Building Skills New York, a non-profit organization working to provide underserved New Yorkers with good paying jobs, announced today its second ever June Manhattan Worker of the Month, Miguel Morales.
Morales works for Glo Electric on the Lexington Gardens Project – a massive affordable housing development in East Harlem. Urban Upbound – a community organization that serves public housing residents and other low-income New Yorkers to break cycles of poverty – referred Morales to Building Skills NY.
“Before arriving at Building Skills I was unemployed and opportunities in the construction industry can be hard to come by in Manhattan. But I’m ecstatic that Building Skills NY gave me the tools I needed to thrive in the city’s most competitive industry, helping continue to build upon my experience in construction,” said Morales. “Today I am grateful for all the staff at Building Skills responsible for making this opportunity happen. I’m thrilled to be a part of building the homes of future New York families.”
Last year Building Skills NY filled 235 NYC construction and related jobs, with Manhattan residents making up a significant portion of workers placed. Recently, Building Skills NY celebrated its 500th worker placement at a construction site in East New York.
“It is incredible to see how Miguel took a job opportunity to further his career. Jobs in the construction industry don’t just represent a paycheck, they are a tangible path to the middle class,” said David Meade, Executive Director of Building Skills New York. “I’m incredibly proud to have partnered with Miguel to help him further his career goals and to see firsthand his hard work, reliability, and dedication.”
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.