HANO, HRI Properties and Woodward Design + Build partnered with Urban Strategies to exceed Section 3 goals during the construction of Bienville Basin community and provide economic opportunities for former Iberville residents, HANO families and Section 3 hires on sites through a 40 hour Construction Skills Training in early April. Upon successful completion of the training, participants received Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certification, heavy equipment operator license, First Aid CPR certification along with a certificate of completion for soft skills training. Participants included Iberville and other housing development residents along with Section 3 qualified employees at the Bienville Basin construction site. The Construction Skills Training provided residents who are seeking employment in the construction field with skills and certifications to gain employment while assisting those who were currently employed in the construction field with additional knowledge to further their careers. Twenty individuals enrolled in the training and 19 successfully completed all certifications.
A large portion of the training consisted of hands on exercises which provided participants with real life examples. These experiences are especially important for our residents with little to no experience working on a construction site. This held true for Ms. James, current Bienville Basin resident, who expressed that she had fun during the training and that she really enjoyed operating the forklift even though she was hesitant to operate it at first because she never drove a vehicle. All of our former and current residents are not new to the construction field. For instance, former Iberville resident, Ms. Slaughter, had previous construction experience as a laborer. She stated that she is looking forward to receiving her operator’s license so she can advance in the construction field. We are working closely with Woodward Design + Build to identify job opportunities for our participants and will provide post training and post placement support for our residents.
— Mai Dang, Section 3 Program Manager