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Posted on: April 12, 2018

17 community members graduate from pre-construction readiness training program


FORT MYERS, FL (Apr. 12, 2018) – With low unemployment rates and multiple new development projects in the City of Fort Myers, the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center recognized an unmet need and developed a training program for citizens seeking jobs in the construction industry. This week, the Enterprise Center’s inaugural class graduated with 17 students ready to enter the construction workforce.

Participants attended classes from February 1 through April 10, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the SWFL Enterprise center, located at 3903 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916. The program is free for participants.

Michael Love, director of the SWFL Enterprise Center, credits the program partners working with the City to make this program a success. Partners include SKANSKA, B&I, Career Source of Southwest Florida, and Lee County Economic Development.

Students learned from a curriculum including construction 101; basic safety; introduction to construction math; introduction to hand tools and ladders; basic communication skills; basic employability skills; introduction to materials handling and basic rigging; and first aid.

“It’s wonderful to connect job seekers with training from industry leaders in our area,” remarked Saeed Kazemi, City Manager. “This is a community on the move and we are taking steps to make sure everyone who wants to work has the appropriate training resources available right here in the City of Fort Myers,” said Kazemi.

For information on future classes, including the next session starting on April 24, please contact the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center at (239) 321-7085.

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