BUILD is a little workforce development program with a big community impact.

We prepare Lake County adults experiencing economic barriers for exciting careers and stable employment in the construction and building trades. Partnering with local organizations, our training programs provide participants with enriching and valuable project-based learning experiences that improve the livability of Lake County.

BUILD has 3 distinct goals:

We equip adults with marketable skills and connect them to employment to improve their economic situation and prepare them for success in a new career. Student workers receive on-the-job coaching, professional services, and a paycheck during the 4-month program. 

Our trainees work on community projects that contribute to the local affordable housing stock and improve the livability of Lake County. Trainees have worked on projects such as tiny home communities, community garden infrstructure, bathroom remodels, flooring installation, and wildfire mitigation.

We bridge the gap between adults needing mentorship and employers in the construction industry and beyond. Graduates of the program recieve letters of reccomendation, job opportunities, and on-the-job tools. In turn, employers have an increased pool of confident, skilled, and dependable workers from which to hire.

 

Applicants

Learn marketable job skills while receiving mentorship and $17/hour! Our 4-month, 28-hour per week, "earn-and-learn" training program will help you develop your talents in the exciting building and construction trades through hands-on education and guidance from licensed general contractors.

 

The application window for Fall 2024 opens July 1, 2024!

You can apply at bit.ly/BUILD-apply, or below: 

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Employers

We take care of the new hire training for you, lowering your onboarding costs and risks. Our graduates are equipped with starter tools, safety certifications, building experience, and professional skills training for on-the-job success.

We also offer short-term internships for qualified Lake County contractors. BUILD covers the paycheck and the liability coverage, so you get extra help at no cost and no hassle to you. Contractors use this opportunity to test whether the intern would be a good fit for their crew.

Ready to hire? Interested in no-cost internships? Contact us today at BUILD@ncoinc.org or 707-998-8642.

 

 


Community

Calling all landlords, property owners/managers, and developers: BUILD can help you finish that home remodel to get your rental ready for a new renter. 

We are looking for projects in Lake County to provide worksites where students can sharpen their skills. All projects are led and supervised by licensed general contractors and BUILD program staff.

Do you have a project for BUILD?
Get in touch:
BUILD@ncoinc.org or 707-998-8642

 

 


Donors

Help us provide a stepping stone into a fulfilling career and economic security for a Lake County young adult. Your support funds the dignity of a paycheck and tools for a student worker.

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90% of BUILD graduates secure stable employment within 3 months of completing our program.

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Cohort 5 Graduate

"Thank you, NCO crew, for the support and the love along the way. We couldn't have done this without you."

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Cohort 5 Graduate

 "Thank you to the entire NCO staff for the experiences, tools, and skills gained."

This program is a collaboration between several organizations that are devoted to providing housing support and resources in Lake County including:

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