Miami Job Corps partnered with the Port of Miami Tunnel to offer one of its trade school students a work-based learning opportunity. POMT Project Manager Hans Alce and Maintenance Manager Jermaine Thompson mentored Bakari, a business construction technology training student, for six weeks.
“His growth has been tremendous,” says Hans. “He spent time with different technicians. He learned every day, from electrical to carpentry to mechanical, and in the way that we do it at Ferrovial. It was so great that, in the end, we decided to hire him.”
After successfully participating the program, Ferrovial Services offered Bakari a job as a closure support officer at the Tunnel.
“I would never have thought I’d be here, at the Port of Miami, working in the tunnel, in a good company like this,” says Bakari. “I hope to continue working here for a long period of time. I really like it here.”
Job Corp partners its trade school students with local companies to offer them work-based learning opportunities. Ferrovial Services saw the value in investing in the program and collaborated with Miami Job Corps to mentor one of its students. Whether it’s a trade school internship or high school career fair, Ferrovial Services strives to foster partnerships within its local communities.
“Community partnerships are great for the business because it allows us to showcase the work-based learning that we can have with the various organization in our community,” says Hans. “We can connect their people with our people and with that, we can help the members of these organizations to develop new skills, to learn new things, and by that we can foster friendships in the community with these stakeholders.”
Job Corps, a U.S. Department of Labor program, offers free education and vocational training to eligible youth ages 16 to 24.
[Photo: Bakari, center, with his project and maintenance managers.]