NFC Member All-Tech Trains New Framers with YouthBuild

Originally published by: National Framers CouncilMay 23, 2017

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A television ad about the YouthBuild Newark project first sparked the interest of Jalsa Urubshurow, owner and CEO of All-Tech Inc. in Monroe Township, New Jersey. This set the foundation for a joint collaboration between YouthBuild Newark (YBN) and the National Framers Council FrameSAFE subscriber.

“We have a chance to introduce young people from the inner city to construction skills and job opportunities,” said Pedro Loureiro, president of All-Tech Inc. The All-Tech team reached out to learn more and Travis Reid, chief operating officer walked them through the YBN program. Affiliated with the federally-funded YouthBuild USA, the YBN provides academic instruction to “disconnected” students using common core state standards-aligned curriculum. Loureiro was impressed with the basic 10-month construction curriculum geared to prepare students for joining a blue collar workforce, as well as providing basic office environment training. “They are presented with general jobsite awareness, OSHA 10-hour certification, blueprint interpretation and basic power tool use,” explained Loureiro. 

Working with general contractor Fields Construction, All-Tech welcomed a class of 10 students and two instructors from YBN to their jobsite in Secaucus, NJ. They began with a safety orientation followed by a walk-through and rooftop view of a three-building apartment project consisting of 500,000+ square feet. At the time of the tour, YBN was able to experience the buildings in three different stages: building 100 was roughed in and almost ready for inspections, building 200 had just started framing a few days prior to the visit and building 300 was in the footings stage. The students could see the industry first-hand and the opportunities available and according to Loureiro, “they were hungry and eager to learn and asking all the right questions.”  

According to YouthBuild USA, 10,000 low-income young people who have left high school without a diploma enroll full-time in YouthBuild programs annually. If students are interested, they can get an additional 10 months of specialized training and then either look for work or pursue studies at an accredited vocational school.

Continuing their collaboration with YBN, the first weekend in May found a team from All-Tech contributing their time and helping to build New Jersey’s first alternative education charter school focusing on disconnected youth.  

“The numbers of young adults who have fallen off track are astounding and this is about much more than connecting with a potential workforce. It’s also about giving back to the community at a local level,” said Loureiro.