Press Release Article


Date: Nov 22, 2019
Press Release Number: 195-2019

Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. welcomes agency leaders, Essex County Schools of Technology and students during field trip to Newark facility

New program part of Port Authority effort to connect next generation of workers with construction trades and labor officials

More than 75 students participating in the New Jersey Construction Pre-Apprenticeship training program received a first-hand look today into construction career opportunities available with the $2.7 billion Terminal One Redevelopment project at Newark Liberty International Airport.

As part of the Port Authority’s commitment to strengthening the region’s workforce, the agency is supporting various programs -- such as the pre-apprenticeship program -- that provide the training and education necessary to prepare workers for in-demand jobs in unionized construction trades.

Through a three-year agreement, the Port Authority will provide funding for the establishment of training programs in four of the county vocational-technical schools within the Port District: Essex, Union, Bergen and Middlesex. The County Vocational Technical Schools have partnered with the Northeast Carpenters Apprenticeship Fund and the Construction Craft Laborers Fund of NJ to establish courses that will help students learn construction skills.

“The pre-apprenticeship program is what we need to educate the youth of today about workforce opportunities,” said U.S. Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10). “The fact that this program was established through the school that bears my late father’s name is testament to my family’s legacy of fighting for good union jobs.”

“The Terminal One Redevelopment project at Newark Liberty International Airport presents an exciting opportunity for students interested in construction to learn more about the trades as they consider their careers,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “I’m thrilled to celebrate the Port Authority’s commitment to apprenticeships, which are an important plank in our Administration’s program to provide New Jersey residents access to meaningful jobs that support our region’s growth.”

“We’re committed to keeping this region moving, and it wouldn’t be possible without our brothers and sisters in labor,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “Pre-apprenticeship programs provide partnerships with unions that produce a workforce vital to maintaining the region’s transportation infrastructure.”

“These programs are an important part of our goal to open up the hiring process and ensure that skilled, local candidates can take advantage of employment opportunities with the Port Authority and our partners,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “We are committed to increasing the number of women and minorities pursuing careers in union construction and building trade positions, especially through today’s event as part of the Newark Terminal One Redevelopment program.”

“The Port Authority’s pre-apprenticeship grant is preparing county vocational-technical school construction trades students in the Port region for well-paying, high-demand careers,” said Judy Savage, executive director of the NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools. “We are tremendously grateful to the Port Authority and our partners from the Northeast Carpenters Apprenticeship Fund and the Construction Craft Laborers Fund of NJ for providing this valuable opportunity to construction trades students in Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, and Union counties.”

During the Terminal One site visit, students were able to engage directly with contractors, project managers and union workers, learning about the overall scope of the Terminal One project. They also engaged in dialogue on:

  • Civil and structural engineering elements of the Terminal One project;
  • Project management and staging of the project;
  • Contractor perspectives on the essential skills for commercial construction;
  • Contractor perspectives on career pathways in commercial construction;
  • Contractor relationships with labor unions.

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