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March 24, 2009

Training aims to prepare workers for Recovery Act jobs.

Thousands of Maine workers will be needed for construction jobs funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Maine Department of Labor is helping get people ready.

Starting in April, several Maine CareerCenters will host free classes for workers interested in construction jobs. The two-day sessions are targeted to people new to the construction trades and will provide basic construction safety skills sought by employers in the industry. Everyone who completes the course will receive the OSHA 10-hour construction safety certification.

“The Recovery Act provides a much needed opportunity to get Maine people back to work,” said Maine Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman. “These classes will help workers get the competitive edge in applying for jobs, while providing practical safety lessons that will protect them from injury in the workplace.”

Each course will be taught by professional safety consultants from the Maine Department of Labor SafetyWorks! program.

Dates and locations for the classes are as follows:

  • Augusta CareerCenter – April 2-3
  • Lewiston CareerCenter – April 2-3
  • Portland CareerCenter – April 9-10
  • Machias CareerCenter – April 9-10
  • Bangor CareerCenter – April 9-10
  • Presque Isle CareerCenter – April 16–17
  • Seating is limited and preregistration is required. Workers are encouraged to sign-up as soon as possible by contacting the CareerCenter where the class will be held.

    Directions and telephone numbers to local CareerCenters can be found online at: www.mainecareercenter.com or by calling the CareerCenter hotline at 1-888-457-8883 (TTY 1-800-794-1110).