BankRI Supports Steel Yard’s ‘Weld To Work’ Program
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Steel Yard was founded in 2001 by Nick Bauta and Clay Rockefeller who purchased the former Providence Steel and Iron complex to create a non-profit that would serve as a catalyst for the revitalization of the City’s industrial district. In the years that followed, The Steel Yard developed its successful “Weld to Work” program; which focuses on workforce training for low-income, at risk urban Rhode Islanders between the ages of 18 and 22.
Training the next generation of workers
“Rhode Island’s long history with manufacturing and industrial jobs is well-documented,” said Mark J. Meiklejohn, President and CEO, BankRI. “However, as our economy continues to change, and the workforce grows older, it’s imperative that we properly train the next generation of workers for successful careers that allow for self-sufficiency and growth. We’re proud to support The Steel Yard and their efforts to strengthen our local workforce.”
BankRI’s grant will help support a 3-week “Weld to Work” program for 6 trainees. As part of the program’s curriculum, students will learn the technical aspects and range of applications for metalworking in today’s economy, the opportunity to design and build a group project for a community client, and develop a portfolio and resume for job applications. The Steel Yard also helps students schedule visits with prospective employers.
Since its inception, the “Weld to Work” program has graduated nearly 100 students who now work in a variety of social, professional, and economic sectors. Graduates are successfully employed as metal casters, auto restoration specialists, slate roof builders, and more. To learn more about The Steel Yard, please visit www.TheSteelYard.org.
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