ATLANTIC CITY — The developer of an incoming housing project is partnering with a North Jersey-based organization to bring a union apprenticeship program to the city.
Wasseem Boraie, vice president of Boraie Development LLC, is the developer of the Beach at South Inlet, which is expected to bring 250 apartments and new housing to the city in the summer.
He’s also partnering with Project IMPACT to bring a union apprenticeship and job-training program to Atlantic City, which will kick off in January.
“We were always planning to bring this to Atlantic City,” Boraie said. “It’s important because it creates a career path.”
Project IMPACT, founded by Hudson County Freeholder Bill O’Dea, has had apprenticeship programs in Jersey City, Elizabeth and Newark, and is expanding.
After seeing success in Newark, Boraie said the program had a place in Atlantic City.
The program will be open to all city residents, and will focus particularly on minorities, women and veterans to help them start careers in a building trade by entering a union.
The training programs are approved by the unions and will include classes, qualifying tests and interviews for eligibility in unions for carpenters, laborers, plumbers, electricians and painters, O’Dea said.
The program will begin in mid-January with a job fair in the city. Boraie said they expect more than 100 people to go through the training and about 20 to enter a union.
Once people get involved with the unions, they can begin working on Atlantic City projects, he said.
“We look at urban areas where there is a demand for union labor,” O’Dea said. “It’s a good time to level the playing field.”
Councilman Kaleem Shabazz also announced the program at the Atlantic City Council meeting on Wednesday.
Shabazz said he wants to move forward in making sure all developers of city projects focus on hiring city residents.