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New York State Department of Labor

Laborers Recruit Apprentices

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Long Island City, NY (January 07, 2020) -

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) for Construction and General Building Laborers, Local Union #79, will conduct a limited recruitment from February 14, 2020 through February 28, 2020 for 200 Skilled Construction Craft Laborer apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today.

The recruitment for JATC for Construction and General Building Laborers, Local Union #79 will be offered online from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. This is a limited-application recruitment. Only 2,000 applications will be distributed, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The recruitment will be offered for 10 business days or until 2,000 applications have been issued, whichever comes first. Applicants who do not have Internet access may visit their local library or visit local New York State Department of Labor Career Center (see: https://www.labor.ny.gov/career-center-locator/location-list-all.php).

The Committee requires that applicants:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as TASC or GED).
  • Must attest that they are physically able to perform the work required of a skilled construction craft laborer, which may include:
    • Working at heights.
    • Working in confined spaces.
    • Working in extreme temperatures, both indoors and outdoors.
    • Lifting and carrying 94 pounds of material for a distance of 30 feet and stacking it to a height of approximately 54 inches.
    • Using a shovel to load approximately half of a cubic yard of sand into a wheelbarrow, wheeling it 100 feet, and depositing it into a sand container.
  • Must pass a drug screening, at the applicant’s expense, after acceptance into the apprenticeship program.

Application Instructions:

  • Go to http://www.mttf.org.
  • Follow the links for Local Union #79.
  • You will see directions on how to complete your request for an application.
  • Fill out the required fields. Do not add any information outside of the fields.
  • Applicants may only apply once during the recruitment period.
  • Once your request has been completed and accepted, you will receive a confirmation email.
  • The first 2,000 applicants, who are placed into the pool of applicants, will receive an application in a separate email.
  • Download, print, and fill out the application.

Applications must be returned, in person, to Construction & Building Laborers Local #79, 42-53 21st Street, Long Island City, NY, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., excluding legal holidays, on the following dates: February 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 March 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. All applications must be received no later than March 6, 2020.

Applicants who do not come in with a competed application will be considered to have voluntarily removed themselves from the pool of applicants.

Everyone who successfully applies will receive a date and time for an interview on the day they drop off their completed application.

Please understand that if a greater number of applicants apply than Local #79 can accept into their pool of candidates, some applicants may not get through this time. However, Local #79 hopes that work will be plentiful, and another recruitment can be held in the near future.

For further information, applicants should contact JATC for Construction and General Building Laborers, Local Union #79 at (718) 383-6863. Additional job search assistance can be obtained at your local New York State Department of Labor Career Center (see: https://www.labor.ny.gov/career-center-locator/location-list-all.php).

Apprentice programs registered with the Department of Labor must meet standards established by the Commissioner. Under state law, sponsors of programs cannot discriminate against applicants because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or marital status. Women and minorities are encouraged to submit applications for apprenticeship programs. Sponsors of programs are required to adopt affirmative action plans for the recruitment of women and minorities.

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