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CAWD offers entry-level construction training to 60 young adults with $1 million federal grant

Capital Area Workforce Development (CAWD), an organization that runs youth programs, says it has received a $1 million grant from the United States Department of Labor to establish a youth work-training program in Raleigh’s low income communities. “The goal is to serve 60 young adults,” Eric Breit, CAWD’s strategic initiative director, has told the Raleigh News & Observer.

The program will offer construction-related education, on-the-job training and job placement help to 16-24 year-olds in areas of Raleigh with high poverty rates and youth unemployment. “We’re targeting specifically young adults in the 27604, 27610 and 27601 (ZIP codes),” Breit said.

Participating youths will construct affordable homes for low income families through CAWD’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

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Zipcodes marked in green are covered by the program. (Source USNaviguide LLC , built on Google Maps data.)

The training will open the door for jobs in carpentry and construction, which in 2016 had a median salary of more than $34,000. The median salary for a construction supervisor was about $55,000.

Currently these jobs are not getting filled. “In Wake County alone, the construction industry is projected to grow over 2,000 jobs in the next five years, but employers have jobs they can’t fill now,” said CAWD executive director Pat Sturdivant. “We’re definitely hearing from the construction industry that they’re having a great difficulty filling jobs. We see this as one way to help them with that.”

Interested applicants or their parents can find out more at

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