Rebound: Turner Construction offers job programs helping people find work in trades

The company has two programs that help people find jobs
Posted at 10:21 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 11:21:45-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — According to the Nebraska Department of Labor, Nebraska's unemployment rate was 3% in October, the lowest across the nation.

And one company, Turner Construction is helping keep that number low by placing people into jobs.

"It's really important to us that we're not just offering them an opportunity for a job, but a lifelong career," said Sara Hansen, Workforce Development Manager.

Hansen said the construction company offers two programs that are helping people find work in the trades.

The first program — Hard Hat in Hand — is an 8-week hands-on program with a 90% success rate, according to Hansen.

"They might learn about concrete pours and then the next half hour they are actually walking out in, or within one of our million square foot buildings to witness an actual concrete pour in action," said Hansen.

The second opportunity is through the virtual program, Find Your Future — a free online information session for people needing help with the job hunt.

Vic Richardson with Miller Electric Company says both these programs are great for anyone out of high school, or simply in the process of changing careers.

"It's something that really opens these guy's eyes to what the trade industry has to offer," said Richardson.

Many people have gone through the Hard Hat in Hand program, landing themselves consistent work after finishing.

Gabrielle Washington jumped on board right after high school and is already a carpenter.

"I knew I wanted a secure job right away. I didn't want something that I couldn't do for a long time and construction was just the best option for me," said Washington.

Deondre Villatoro also went through the program; however, his path was different after being unemployed.

“It makes me feel really grateful. It's been such a wild ride this entire year for everyone like having to quarantine for months on end and then losing my job in the first place back in March and now I actually have great employment with a great company," said Villatoro.

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