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May 20, 2022

Laborers Recruit Apprentices

Astoria, NY (May 20, 2022) - The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Laborers, Local Union #731, will conduct a recruitment from June 27, 2022 through July 8, 2022 for 50 Skilled Construction Craft Laborer apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today.

Applications will be available online at Recruitment.local731.com from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, during the recruitment period. This is a limited-application recruitment. Only 500 applications will be distributed, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The recruitment will be offered online for ten (10) business days or until 500 applications have been issued, whichever comes first. Applicants who do not have access to a computer should visit their local library or their nearest Department of Labor Career Center.

The Committee requires that applicants:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as TASC or GED). Must submit a HS Diploma, TASC or equivalent at the time of initial interview.
  • Must take and pass Work Keys Applied Mathematics and Work Place Documents (Reading for Information) Assessments test.
  • Must pass a drug test, at the expense of the sponsor, after acceptance into the program and at the time of enrollment in apprenticeship program.
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from various job sites and related instruction classes.
  • Must submit proof of any technical or trade related education, and/or work experience at the time of enrollment in apprenticeship program.
  • Must be physically able to perform the work of a Skilled Construction Craft Laborer, and the top 50 applicants must attend and complete a hands on assessment which may include:
    • Excavating by hand 11’ x 2’ x 2’ trench
    • Back-filling the trench and compacting soil in 6” lifts using manually operated hand tempers
    • Using a wheelbarrow relocate 12 small railroad ties approx. 250’ and re-stack on pallet
    • Carrying two pieces of 10’ long OSHA-grade scaffold planks approx. 250’ and placing on storage rack
    • Carrying two pieces of 10’ long #8 rebar approx. 250’ and placing on storage rack

For further information, applicants should contact Local 731 at (718) 752-9860. Additional job search assistance can be obtained at your local New York State Department of Labor Career Center (see: dol.ny.gov/career-centers).

Apprentice programs registered with the Department of Labor must meet standards established by the Commissioner. Under state law, sponsors of programs cannot discriminate against applicants because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or marital status. Women and minorities are encouraged to submit applications for apprenticeship programs. Sponsors of programs are required to adopt affirmative action plans for the recruitment of women and minorities.

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