Wednesday, 01 February 2023

NCO recruiting motivated individuals for paid construction training

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — North Coast Opportunities is recruiting highly motivated individuals ready to start their career in construction to apply for their paid training program, BUILD — Building Up Individuals and Local Development.

Apply online by Sept. 15.

Formerly Building Homes, Building Lives, BUILD is a three-month course providing work experience and job readiness in this growing industry.

In this “earn and learn” format, participants receive hands on-education and mentorship directly from professionals in the field.

Participants are expected to commit to 30 hours a week of training at various locations across Lake County and are compensated at $16 an hour.

At the end of the program, each graduating participant receives a letter of recommendation, a certificate of completion, job placement opportunities and on-the-job equipment.

Of the participants that have graduated from BUILD, 87% have secured stable employment.

“BUILD is designed to take on basic training on behalf of employers so they will have an incoming workforce that is skilled and ready,” said Lead Project Coordinator Derek Fiedler-Riddle. “In turn, local residents have a stepping stone into their careers and will show up on the job equipped with the experience and confidence to be successful.”

Labor challenges are pervasive across many industries in Lake County. While unemployment on a national scale has returned to pre-pandemic levels, the need for skilled and dependable workers remains a local challenge.

For the last three years, Building Homes, Building Lives has been providing paid foundational training in the construction and building trades for low-income community members to promote economic security and help fill local workforce gaps in the industry. Under its new branding and program design, BUILD will be able to expand its scope to provide job training in a variety of fields beyond building and construction.

“We realize there is a need to fill experience and hiring gaps in many sectors,” said Fiedler-Riddle. “The new name and design will allow us to develop projects to respond to various workforce needs in the community.”

This program is possible due to collaborations with several local organizations including Bridges Construction, NCO New Digs, Woodland Community College, Mendocino College, CareerPoint Lake, and many others devoted to housing support and workforce development in Lake County.

NCO BUILD will be launching a new website in the coming weeks.

To apply for the upcoming BUILD class, visit or call 707-998-8650 for more information.

Applications close Sept. 15 and spaces are limited. Participants accepted to the program will receive a tool belt sign-on bonus valued at $200.

NCO is the Community Action Agency that serves Lake and Mendocino counties, as well as parts of Humboldt, Sonoma, Del Norte and Solano counties.

NCO reacts and adjusts to community needs, including disaster response and recovery.

For more information visit or call 707-467-3200.

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