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Sacramento Kings recruiting low-income workers for arena construction

Sacramento Kings officials held a training and outreach session Wednesday morning with community and faith-based groups to begin recruiting workers from “high-need backgrounds and neighborhoods” for the construction of the new arena.

The Kings’ Priority Apprenticeship Program will focus on recruiting and training at least 70 workers from around the city to help build the $477 million project at Downtown Plaza.

“The Kings are proud to lead this extraordinary coalition of business, labor, government, community and faith leaders working to create quality jobs,” Kings President Chris Granger said in a news release. “Today is a great example of why this project is bigger than basketball. We are honored to be in a position to provide what could become a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for deserving individuals to launch a new career and pathway to the middle class.”

The Kings, arena builder Turner Construction, the building trades unions, city officials and the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency are working on the plan. The Urban League, Sacramento Area Congregations Together, the Center for Employment Training, the Asian Resource Center and La Familia are part of the program as well.

To qualify for the apprenticeship program, workers must meet some criteria. It is open to city residents who meet two or more of the following: They are low-income, receive food stamps or public assistance, or are a former foster youth, homeless, veteran or ex-offender, according to a Kings news release.

The program is also open to residents of the following ZIP codes: 95652, 95660, 95811, 95814, 95815, 95817, 95820, 95823, 95824, 95832 and 95838.

Those who qualify will enter either a union apprenticeship program or a job training program.

To apply for the positions, workers should call the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency’s arena jobs hotline, (916) 274-1019.

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