Local Hire Initiative

Learn more about the Local Hire Initiative that NYSDOT has included in the I-81 Project. Here you can find other resources to find training and work on the project. 

NYS Department of Transportation WorkSmart NY

In collaboration with SUNY EOC in Syracuse, The Department of Transportation WorkSmart NY Training Program provides training to prepare students for various construction jobs. Training includes construction math, blueprint reading, introduction to power tools and hand tools, introduction to concrete and forming systems, flagging and OSHA-10 for construction.  Students completing the program will receive an OSHA-10 Construction Safety and Health card. Students will also participate in soft skills training, resume writing workshops and mock interviews before completing the program.

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Syracuse Build and Pathways to Apprenticeship

Syracuse Build is a mayoral-led initiative to organize construction employers, unions and training providers to develop a pipeline of local, skilled, diverse talent to work on large construction projects, including Interstate 81.  Syracuse Build tracks the timing/demand of public projects; aligns multiple training programs against those projects; and coordinates community outreach to bring Syracuse residents – particularly women and people of color -- into construction careers.    The Pathway to Apprenticeship program is a collaboration of the Central and Northern New York Building Trades Council (CNNYBTC), and Syracuse Build and teaches the nationally recognized North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) Multi-Craft Core Curriculum.

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Workforce Forward: Syracuse

NYSDOT and NYSDOL have partnered to invest $1 Million into workforce training and placement so that people who are looking to work on I81 will have the opportunity to find the right employment for their skillset. CNY Works, Inc. will provide the workforce development services necessary to help participants access in-demand, career pathways, particularly those career pathways that will be growing through the I81 Project and related work.   Participants will have access to a wide array of services including, but not limited to intake, orientation, initial assessment, labor market information, analysis of transferrable skills, comprehensive assessment, career planning and counseling, work readiness training, Individual Training Accounts, On-the-Job Training (OJT), career counseling and/or work search assistance.  These services will be provided to individuals who are unemployed, under-employed and/or those with barriers to employment.

To learn more, contact: NYS Dept. of Labor (315) 473-8250, [email protected] or [email protected]


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