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Syracuse, NY (PRWEB) February 01, 2013

Cornerstone Training Institute has teamed up with M&V Labor Resources and SUNY Syracuse EOC (Educational Opportunity Center) to help the Syracuse community find construction workers for local projects.

Due to the demand for local workers, Cornerstone recently opened a new office located on 500 South Salina Street in Syracuse, NY.

Cornerstone Training Institute is proud to open its new office here in Syracuse, said Darren Yehl, President and Training Director at Cornerstone Training Institute. Even though weve held classes here for over a year, we didnt feel like we had a home. Theres only so much you can do from a distance. It didnt take long for us to realize that we had to open a new office if we were going to effectively provide training to the local community and help them find work.

For over a year now, Cornerstone has provided training to area contractors and contracting businesses, with many of these workers being placed into numerous projects in and around Central New York. Not only have we helped many Syracuse workers receive the training they need to receive state certification, we work with employment placement services who can help them find a job once theyve completed their courses, Yehl noted.

The need for skilled workers is at an all-time high in Syracuse due to the number of construction projects currently underway including the City School District, the Joint Schools Construction Board projects, the Syracuse Airport, the Pike Block project, projects at SUNY Upstate and Destiny USA, and more. As the designated trainer for the Joint Schools Construction Project, SUNY Syracuse EOC has been working with Cornerstone to get individuals the skills they need to find employment at the various school sites.

Cornerstone is also working with businesses like M&V Labor Resources, which helps place skilled trade workers with contractors in Syracuse and across the United States. The partnership allows individuals who receive training at Cornerstone to enter M&V Labors job pool for placement once they receive the necessary safety training required for certain jobs.

Weve been partners with Cornerstone for several years now and the relationship is very beneficial to the local workforce, said Jesus Mendez, President of M&V Labor Resources. Darren and his team offer some of the best training in the state. We know that when these students walk out of the classroom, theyre going to meet state requirements and understand the importance of safety on the worksite. It makes it a lot easier for us to find work for these individuals when we are certain that theyre adequately trained and properly certified.

Jesus also mentioned the importance of finding work for the local community. As a national labor provider, we would obviously prefer to find jobs for Syracuse workers rather than bring in workers from outside the area, Jesus said. Weve been working directly with the City School District to find laborers for their extensive construction projects. Thats why its so important that skilled workers in the area receive their required training through Cornerstone. Without it, were often forced to bus people in from other places around the country. Its critical that we do our best to keep these jobs within the local community.

Cornerstone has already trained over 100 Syracuse workers through a partnership with SUNY Syracuse EOC (Educational Opportunity Center). The program helps members of the local community find work once theyve received proper certification via Cornerstones various programs.

There are plenty of environmental safety firms out there, but we chose to collaborate with Cornerstone due to their experience in the industry, superior training products, and dedicated staff of trainers, said Carol Hill, Work-Based Learning Coordinator at SUNY EOC. Cornerstones training programs allow many people in our community to further their education and find gainful employment once theyve completed their classes, particularly through large projects such as the Joint School Construction Board project.


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