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 within two years. That said Mayor London Breed.

“Training our city’s workforce and placing them in meaningful careers will support those hardest hit by the pandemic and help 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.

CityBuild was founded in 2006 and approved by then Mayor Gavin Newsom. 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.