Building Futures is hiring!
About Building Futures
Building Futures was founded in 2007 as a construction industry partnership, focused on leveraging the Registered Apprenticeship model of workforce development. For over 100 years, unions and employers have jointly operated quality registered apprenticeships in the construction occupations to train individuals as highly-skilled tradespeople. Our work spans three distinct but highly aligned areas.
For the benefit of low-income Rhode Islanders, Building Futures developed and operates a comprehensive pre-apprenticeship program to prepare diverse, low-income men and women for success in employment as registered apprentices in the building trades. In addition, we work in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure construction projects provide employment opportunities for apprentices at the appropriate level to meet future demand for skilled labor through our Apprentice Utilization Program. Our pre-apprenticeship and apprentice utilization program together provide an effective system for workforce development in Rhode Island’s construction sector.
From this foundation, we have established Apprenticeship Rhode Island, an initiative to expand the use of Registered Apprenticeship beyond the construction sector. Now, we are helping develop new registered apprenticeship programs in multiple sectors, which include healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing and boat building, among others. Working with employers, industry partnerships, government and community-based organizations, we are spreading the proven model of Registered Apprenticeship to benefit the state’s workforce and economy.
Building Futures is seeking an energetic, self-motivated staff member to join the agency’s team. This position is ideal for an individual who enjoys developing and managing external relationships, excels in a team environment, and is interested in personal and professional growth within a dynamic organization. The position will have the following responsibilities: Functions Primary responsibility: The Employer Relations Associate is responsible for promoting and supporting the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship (RA) in Rhode Island. As an integral member of the Apprenticeship Rhode Island (ARI) team, this position will provide support to RA programs in construction and other non-H1B occupations, including RA program development, quality improvement and expansion, as well as technical assistance on program management. These primary responsibilities will occur under the direction of the Deputy Director and in partnership with the ARI team. Secondary responsibility: The Employer Relations Associate will also be responsible for developing, expanding and supporting the connection of RA programs to youth and pre-apprenticeship programming, through the development of school, employer and community partnerships. Additionally, this position will support the Multi-Craft Apprenticeship Preparation Program initiative to develop a systemic approach for high school students to connect with construction trade careers via jointly-managed RA programs.
Building Futures is seeking an energetic, self-motivated social worker to join the agency’s team. This position is ideal for an individual who enjoys strengths-based counseling, excels in a team environment, and is interested in personal and professional growth within a dynamic agency. The position will have the following responsibilities: Primary Responsibility: The Building Futures Social Worker/Program Associate is responsible for assessment, case management and care coordination for program applicants, participants and alumni. This position will be an integral member of the program team and will be the primary provider of direct service supports across all programs, including off-site locations. These primary responsibilities will occur under the direction of the Deputy Director and in partnership with the Training Director and other members of the program team. Secondary Responsibility: The Social Worker/Program Associate will provide operational program support, including logistical planning, data collection and analysis, and reporting. This position will also partner with the Communications Manager and Training/Alumni Relations Associate to implement outreach and recruitment activities and support alumni events, gatherings and meetings.