TRU Colors Brewing puts gang members to work on construction sites

TRU Colors Brewing puts gang members to work on construction sites
Daiquon Jacobs uses a jackhammer at a construction site on his apprenticeship with Monteith Construction. (Source: WECT)
TRU Colors apprentice Keavon Murphy on a construction site. (Source: WECT)
TRU Colors apprentice Keavon Murphy on a construction site. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (FOX WILMINGTON) - TRU Colors Brewing Company is putting more gang members to work.

The brewery, which is expected to launch later this year in Wilmington, started an apprenticeship program. We first reported last year on TRU Colors plans to reduce violence in Wilmington by starting a brewery staffed by active gang members.

Several construction companies partnered with TRU Colors to offer positions on job sites for the apprentices.

Before being placed at a job site, TRU Colors recruits and vets the participants.

TRU Colors puts the men through a month-long training course, which teaches them life and business skills. The company also requires the apprentices to stick to a workout program and attend yoga classes, to make sure they are physically prepared for the work on a construction site.

The program is a gateway to a full-time position with TRU Colors.

Once the apprentices complete the course and two months of manual labor, they have the opportunity to apply for a full-time position at the brewery.

Meet some of the apprentices and hear from one of the project managers who oversees an apprentice on his job site in a special report on May 16 at 10 p.m. on Fox Wilmington.

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