Each spring, the Woodlawn Bridges to Crafts Career Preservation Training Program selects 20 trainees to receive specialized hands-on training in masonry and restoration under the guidance of a resident craftsman.
The program includes a 10-week paid professional training and placement workforce development program that focuses exclusively on the restoration and preservation of stonework typically found in historic cemeteries. Additionally, graduates of the program will earn OSHA-30 safety certification, suspended and support scaffolding certifications, Jahn Mortar certification, and support in applying for entry-level positions in the industry.
The program is run in partnership with The Door – Bronx Youth Center, The Woodlawn Cemetery & Conservancy, the International World Monuments Fund, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (Local No. 1 New York) and supported by NYC DYCD Advance & Earn .
Eligibility criteria: New Yorkers aged 18-24 in February 2022; resident of the five boroughs of New York; have a high school diploma or GED/equivalent credential and cleared to work in the United States.
The deadline for applications is Friday, January 28, 2022 at 12 p.m. The program runs February 7 through May 2022. To learn more about the program and view the application, visit www.WoodlawnPreservation.org.
In 2015, the Woodlawn Conservancy, in partnership with the International Masonry Institute of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers Local 1 Union, created the Preservation Training Program, a World Monuments Fund-sponsored initiative called Bridge to Crafts Careers. The goal of the program is to introduce young people to opportunities in the field of masonry preservation and to provide the support they need to maintain jobs and improve their skills to restore New York’s buildings. So far, 125 young adults have participated in the program.
This unique program is an immersive training that also provides specialized life skills as well as OSHA certifications. The social services component is provided by The Door, a full-service youth development agency, which is involved in weekly recruitment and training, as well as assisting interns with interview skills, CV writing and communication skills with their employers. Graduates have a positive economic impact by gaining a sustainable career. Woodlawn Monuments and Mausoleum is the training laboratory where they learn their skills under the close supervision of a retired resident masonry craftsman.