Deciding how to broaden the ol’ skill-set can be a daunting task. You could shoot for ninja-like office chops to get back in the game, or even put in the time for a job-magnet of a three-letter suffix (Your Name, Esq.?). But you could also try your hand at something a little more… handy. Brooklyn Woods, a Gowanus-based woodworking shop and training facility, is recruiting for its free full-time training program to put some fresh woodworkers and cabinet makers out into the job force. If you’ve had blue and yellow dreams of designing the next Hemnes or Aspelund, this is your chance.
The eight weeks of practical training includes handy stuff like “the safe use and proper care of hand tools, power tools and state-of-the-art woodworking machinery… and shop production, wood technology, finishing techniques, cabinet installation, mechanical drawing and job search skills.” BK Woods even pitches in two years of job placement services, in case you don’t instantly land that master-track apprenticeship.
Given that the program’s a full-time, two-month commitment, it is only designed for certain individuals: namely the unemployed or those with low-income or on public assistance. But if that’s you, and you’re at least 21, the other requirements are pretty few (they’ll even take past substance-abusers and criminals).
To learn more and apply, just show up at one of the Wednesday morning orientation sessions (10 a.m. at 125 8th St. between Second and Third Aves.), and bring an official ID and resume. All the details are here.