North Carolina to launch youth job-training program in construction

A new training program in North Carolina will help prepare young people for jobs in construction. 

The U.S. Department of Labor allocated a $1 million grant to the Capital Area Workforce Development to create a youth job-training program, The News & Observer reported. 

The program will center on helping young people in the Raleigh area develop skills and find job opportunities in the construction field. The program intends to support 60 people between the ages of 16 and 24. 

The on-the-job training the program participants complete will include building affordable housing for the local community through a partnership between CAWD and Habitat for Humanity, the source noted. 

The U.S. added 18,000 jobs in construction in August, Builder magazine reported, citing data recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

"In August, the goods-producing sector saw the best performance in months with solid increases in both construction and manufacturing," said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute, in a press release. 

The gains follow net-zero employment growth for construction in June, due to job losses. In July, construction added 6,000 positions. 

The U.S. Department of Labor allocated a $1 million grant to the Capital Area Workforce Development to create a youth job-training program.