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Drywall apprentices needed

Stephon Johnson | 2/11/2016, 2:17 p.m.
The New York State Department of Labor announced that an organization is looking for new workers.
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Earlier this week, the New York State Department of Labor announced that an organization is looking for new workers.

From March 7 to 18, the Finishing Trades Institute of New York will conduct a recruitment for 50 drywall taper (finisher) apprentices. For those interested in potential gigs, applications can be obtained in person only from the FTINY at 45-15 36th St., Long Island City, N.Y., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the aforementioned period of recruitment. Five hundred applications will be distributed by the sponsor beginning on March 7 and will continue for 10 business days or until all applications have been exhausted.  

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as TASC or GED), be physically able to perform the work required (which will be determined via a site evaluation), a personal statement and a physical examination.

Applicants must also sign an affidavit that says they’re physically able to perform the work of a drywall taper (finisher), which could include lifting and moving heavy fixtures, equipment and compound weighing up to 70 pounds and working from ladders, scaffolds, stilts and personnel lifts, which may exceed 100 feet in height. Applicants have to attend a three-day orientation, be able to read, hear and understand instructions and warnings in English and provide a military transfer card or discharge form DD-214 (if applicable) after selection and prior to indenture.

The Department of Labor encourages women and minorities to submit applications. Sponsors of programs are required to adopt affirmative action plans. You can contact the nearest New York State Department of Labor office or the Finishing Trades Institute of New York at 718-937-7440.