VIDEO: Construction job training facility opens in Newark

Newark is home to a brand new state-of-the-art construction jobs training center, where workers can hone their skills.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

Stadiums, highways, and bridges -- that's just some of what apprentices at LIUNA will learn on five acres of land tucked back off Otts Chapel Road.

Ray Pocino is the Regional President of the Laborers International Union of North America.

"It is providing workers with the training to have a long-lasting and fruitful career in construction," says Pocino.

Kevin Blackwell of Wilmington currently works at Shoprite, but he's always wanted to break into construction.

"I know there's room for advancement. I basically just want to brighten my future, and I like the hard work," says Blackwell.

Workers like Blackwell will learn about energy efficiency, weatherization, and get the accreditation they need to get labor jobs. Blackwell has even bigger dreams.

"I'm hoping to learn how to basically own my own company one day, my own construction company, building houses," he says.

Graduates need 400 hours of classroom and 4,000 of training in the field. All skills and safety training is free to LIUNA members as are classes for LIUNA's state approved apprenticeship program.

"I see a place that will give project owners the comfort of knowing that their projects will be done efficiently and with the highest quality of workmanship," says Pocino.

For more information, visit LIUNA.

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