Graduates from Lead Carpenter Training to acquire new set of specialty construction skills and second change in life.
Lead Carpenter Training (LCT), an assessment and training center for the construction trade industry in Cleveland, Ohio, will partner with Community Assessment & Treatment Services, Inc. (CATS) of Cleveland in training ex-offenders to become qualified skilled laborers for the workforce.
Through a $50,000 grant from the Alcohol, Drug Addictions & Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County that CATS received, LCT will train 20 students beginning in April. LCT also will be partnering with “Building Hope in the City,” a Cleveland-based organization focused on city restoration, in providing housing for many of the students.
“My goal is to train individuals that will help support the work we do on a day-to-day basis as a general contractor, as well as give back to these workers with support in finding housing, managing their finances, and re-entering society as a productive citizen,” said Alex Sainato, general contractor and owner of Cleveland-based JMAX Enterprises and founder of LCT. “Through this grant and the training we do at LCT, we are confident we can provide a second chance in life to these ex-offenders. We see this as a life-changing opportunity for these individuals to get back on their feet as qualified, trained employees with the support they need to stay on the right track when their work day is over.”
LCT is an approved vendor with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction who is working with Ohio Means Job through the Work Investment Act (WIA) to facilitate the training of these individuals. “Our goal is to have these individuals trained in the construction trade successfully and then placed into full-time employment,” said Robert. D. Newman, development director, Community Assessment & Treatment Services, Inc.
“Sainato went through an interview, application and presentation process and was approved unanimously by our advisory board to serve as a trainer for our correctional institution,” said Will Eleby, administrator of Enterprise Development, Grafton Correctional Institution. “He visits Grafton once a month and we are happy to keep the offenders busy and hopefully engage them with employment opportunities upon their release.”
“It is a challenge to find qualified workers in this industry,” said Sainato. “LCT is committed to training and hiring ex-offenders to know what the industry compliances are, as well as the product manufacturers’ installation best practices. LCT is looking to select individuals that can be trained and successful in the workforce,” said Sainato. “The only way we can accomplish this is to work as a team.”
LCT provides construction companies, general contractors, staffing companies and individual laborers with assessments of their craftsmen and a focused curriculum on hands-on training. The training center is certified by the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools (Reg.# 14-05-2044T).
About Lead Carpenter Training (LCT)
Lead Carpenter Training’s mission is to teach a new set of specialty construction skills to existing carpenters within the trade with two or more years of construction experience. These newly developed skills will provide the laborer with an updated skill set to handle all components of the latest developed construction product. LCT was founded in an effort to satisfy the need for qualified skilled laborers in the carpentry profession. Training is conducted via a 10-foot high and 100-foot long training wall which allows students and graduates hands-on access to hone their carpentry skills including door and window installation, metal bending brake operation, weatherization installation, blueprint reading, James Hardie panel installation and trim installation and panel cutting and kick out.
All Lead Carpenter Training instructors are well-qualified skilled carpenters or general contractors who combine their experience and knowledge with a desire to teach. Specialized assistance is available for those who require tutoring. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities. Lead Carpenter Training believes in the principle and practice of Equal Employment Opportunity. LCT also offers Contractors, GC’s, Staffing Agencies and any interested company or institution the ability to screen or assess a prospective laborer’s skill set. The school is located in a portion of a warehouse facility at 4911 Grant Ave. Cuyahoga Hts., Ohio.