For Dejuan Hunter, a construction apprenticeship not only provides a pathway to a full-time job but also an opportunity to impact others in his community. He is one of hundreds of Detroiters who have found careers in the industry as Olympia Development of Michigan continues the expansion of Detroit’s sports and entertainment district.
Hunter, a 27-year-old Detroit native, is an apprentice with Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers (BAC), Local 2, working with Ram Construction to renovate the historic former Eddystone Hotel at 110 Sproat St.
Hunter is one of many Detroiters who began their careers in construction on an Olympia Development jobsite, where more than 1,000 apprentices and pre-apprentices have trained in new skills to build their careers.
Job opportunities close to home provide Detroiters a path to on-the-job education and career advancement. They’ll get that education while earning a living and preparing them for a challenging and rewarding career.
“To me, this apprenticeship means a lot,” Hunter said. “In three years, I’ll be a journeyman, and I’ll be able to teach the new guys coming in.”
On weekends, Hunter hones his skills by practicing bricklaying at home. His goal? To have his name on the trucks; starting his own construction business and employing others in the trades.
“You can see how job opportunities and apprenticeships for Detroiters can have an exponential effect on the city — as we know good jobs ultimately lead to thriving neighborhoods,” said Rian English-Barnhill, Vice President Community and Government Affairs for Olympia Development of Michigan. “We’re so proud to play a part in the growth that is happening across our great city and to have the opportunity to invest in Detroit’s incredible workforce.”
“So many new apprentices are eager to be part of Detroit’s resurgence,” said Zarah Broglin, Vice President Construction for Olympia Development of Michigan. “Construction is a dynamic and in-demand career field in which Detroiters will have relevant skills for a lifetime.”