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2015-02-11 / Business

Finishing Trades Institute expansion to support job training

The Finishing Trades Institute of Western and Central New York facility has expanded to support a growing demand for skilled workers in the area.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the facility is expected to train a total of 800 workers this year as well as generate a total of 120 apprentice jobs annually.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 4 with the Finishing Trades Institute and members of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council to officially open the expanded facility located at 585 Aero Drive, Cheektowaga.

“Upstate New York is in the midst of an economic revitalization, and preparing the workforce to meet the demands of a changing economy is essential to continuing this progress,” Cuomo said. “The expanded Finishing Trades Institute in Cheektowaga will build on the organization’s success to strengthen and diversify job opportunities for New Yorkers for years to come.”

Hochul said the facility will increase the level of building trades training for skilled jobs.

The new job training space increases the Finishing Trades Institute’s existing capacity, which serves members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 4.

The new facilities include classroom space, electrical fixtures, machinery and equipment to support job training and apprenticeships in priority fields.

Trainees in the program become certified or skilled in disciplines such as abrasive and water blasting, drywall finishing, painting and decorating, and glazing and coating applications.

The training facility was designated a Western New York Regional Economic Development Council priority project and was awarded $500,000 in round two of the regional council initiative.

“The state-of-the-art Finishing Trades Institute is a welcome addition to the Western New York community,” said Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Cheektowaga. “Through the apprenticeship and training of hundreds of hard-working people, we are building a better core workforce, recognizing the growing regional need for skilled employees and ultimately creating good-paying jobs.”

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