Joshua’s Hand, a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2013, announced the launch of its workforce development initiative, Joshua Works. Joshuaworks.org. Joshua Works is partnering with Broadway Redevelopment Partners and Weigand Construction to advocate for Minority, Women and Veteran Business owners for contractual opportunities on the Electric Works project. In addition, the Joshua Works initiative was created to recruit, cultivate, and train a viable workforce to address the unemployment and underemployment in the construction trades.
Workforce and Business Enterprise Development Program The Electric Works development team, City of Fort Wayne, Allen County, and Weigand Construction are committed to the development and implementation of a home-grown program to bring more people into the construction trades and offer opportunity to smaller businesses over the course of the construction period for the Electric Works project. Our effort is focused on giving opportunity to the advancement and training of underemployed and unemployed residents of the City of Fort Wayne in the construction industry. It is also focused on the effective partnering with small, veteran, minority, and women-owned businesses.
“Joshua Works will cultivate and train a viable workforce to help Allen County residents transition from poverty to self-sufficiency and beyond,” said Cedric Walker, Sr., founder of Joshua’s Hand. “We believe individuals tapping into their talents through education and training will help them experience the joy of independence, free from the need for public and private assistance—a feeling only self-sufficiency can provide.”
“Our vision is for Electric Works as an engine of inclusive growth in our region – growth that creates real opportunities for everybody,” said Kevan Biggs, a member of the Electric Works development team and board member at Joshua’s Hand. “This agreement and partnership are also about expanding and strengthening the continuum of educational opportunities available at Electric Works. In addition to innovative initiatives with educational institutions like Fort Wayne Community Schools, Indiana Tech and Indiana University, this agreement will help provide real opportunities for those wanting to pursue careers in the skilled trades.”
Joshua Works representative Yusanda Blackmon added, “The Electric Works project stands to bring transformation to our entire region. We are thrilled to work with the Electric Works team to address our community’s workforce needs. Our partnerships with veteran, minority and women-owned businesses will amplify the trades and pave the way for a brighter future for Allen County residents.”
Joshua Works’ first cohort will begin training the week of August 17, 2020. Those interested in applying or learning more, can do so at JoshuaWorks.org.