To help train workers in “green” construction techniques, National Grid has given a $20,000 grant to United Way of Long Island for a 5,000-square-foot training center in Deer Park.

The center, now being built (above) in an industrial warehouse, will concentrate on “green building techniques, energy efficiency , weatherization, renewables, advanced framing, air sealing and advanced insulation techniques,” according to United Way, “as well as hi-efficiency heating, cooling and ventilation systems. . . . voice/data cabling and structured wiring, CAD (computer animated design), advanced home automation, and energy auditing.”

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Students from the YouthBuild-Long Island Green Academy and trainees from the Green Jobs Corps will use the facility.  After training, students will work at an actual job site, rebuilding or improving homes in their communities.  Graduates of the program who meet hiring standards can enroll in a paid apprenticeship training program through National Grid, IBEW Local 1049 and the Empire State Carpenter’s Union Local 7.

United Way is currently recruiting for the YouthBuild program.

Photo courtesy of United Way.
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