San Francisco city guides announced Wednesday that it would expand a citywide training program to help residents find jobs in the construction industry and serve around 600 students over the next two years.

CityBuild, overseen by the city’s Department of Economic and Human Resources Development, helps workers learn the skills they need, and also offers services such as job placement assistance.

The expansion will double the number of participants in the program over the course of two years, said Mayor London Breed.

“With our economic recovery and focus on getting people back to work, it is critical that we invest in providing our local workforce with the skills necessary for success. Because of this, we’re doubling the number of CityBuild attendees and creating more good-paying jobs for local San Franciscans, “Breed said in a statement.” Training our city’s workforce and placing them into meaningful careers will support those who are most powerful were affected by the pandemic and are helping to create fair employment opportunities for our city’s residents. “

The announcement of the expansion comes as Congress is still considering a bill on infrastructure to improve the country’s roads, bridges, public transport, broadband, and other vital infrastructures. The expansion of CityBuild would help meet the expected increased demand for construction jobs, according to Breed’s office.

CityBuild is based on the city’s local rent ordinance passed by the supervisory board in 2010, according to which at least 30 percent of all project hours on construction sites financed by the city must be provided by residents.

“Local hire has created more employment opportunities for historically underserved communities. The CityBuild expansion is taking advantage of these opportunities to ensure local residents have access to decent wages and lasting careers in a growing industry, ”said OEWD Director Kate Sofis.

CityBuild was founded in 2006 and was managed by the then mayor Gov. Gavin Newsom approved. The program has since completed around 1,350 participants, with 12 percent of those graduates being women – a high number for an industry typically male-dominated, city officials said.

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