May 1, 2019 – Building Skills New York, a non-profit organization working to provide underserved New Yorkers with good paying jobs, announced today its first ever Manhattan Worker of the Month, Peter Phillips.
Phillips was unemployed before he found Building Skills. BSNY helped him find a job as an electrical helper with L+M Development Partners/Urban Atelier Group and Pinnacle Electric. After a full year of employment, he is now a supervisor on a night shift team.
“Building Skills didn’t just help me find a job, they gave me the support to help me create a sustainable career over the past year,” said Peter Phillips. “I’m ecstatic to work in a job that I love. It’s not just a job—that’s a career that I can see myself in for years to come. I’m excited by what this opportunity means for me and my family.”
Last year Building Skills New York filled 235 NYC construction and related jobs, with Manhattan residents making up more than a quarter of workers placed.
“Job opportunities in New York are a two-way street—it takes someone with true grit and character to thrive across New York’s construction industry,” said David Meade, Executive Director of Building Skills New York. “I’m so proud to work with Peter, who’s taken a job opportunity and turned it into a life changing career.”
BSNY’s “Worker of the Month” monthly series aims to highlight and honor workers placed in jobs throughout New York City.