September 2, 2021
FRESNO, California – In celebration of Labor Day, the California High-Speed Rail Authority announced today that it has passed another milestone with 6,000 construction jobs created on 119 miles of active construction in the Central Valley to date.
“Without all of the dedicated women and men who work every day, we wouldn’t be where we are today,” said Garth Fernandez, Central Valley Regional Director. “We pride ourselves on having a skilled workforce bringing high-speed rail to life while working with nationwide and local partners to train the next generation of high-speed rail professionals.”
Last month, the agency welcomed students to ValleyBuild Partnership, a workforce training program that provides pre-training in the construction and construction trades to get students on the path to unionized construction training of their choice.
“These students are from the Central Valley, especially from disadvantaged communities. We prepare them for the job opportunities that arise on bullet trains and other transportation projects, ”said Chuck Riojas, executive director of Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings Building Trades Council. “Getting them to construction sites gives them hands-on experience and the purpose to assert themselves and become the next generation of workers responsible for building the future.”
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Each of the project developers implements the Targeted Worker Program, in which 30 percent of all project hours are done by workers from disadvantaged communities with annual household incomes between $ 32,000 and $ 40,000. Of the more than 6,000 jobs created as of July 2021, 2,230 were in Fresno County, 1,039 in Kern County, 217 in Kings County, 291 in Madera County and 588 in Tulare County.
For information about construction jobs with the agency or training programs to prepare for apprentices such as ValleyBuild Partnership, please visit: www.hsr.ca.gov/jobs