City of Richmond Employment and Training Department Receives Award for Local Innovation Fund Projects

The City of Richmond Employment and Training Department (E&T) has been selected for a Local Innovation Fund Projects award of $175,000. The Local Innovation Fund Projects grants, administered by the Contra Costa County Administrator’s Office of Reentry and Justice (ORJ), provide funds to implement a “Capacity Building Project” or an “Innovative Reentry Program.” E&T’s successful Innovative Reentry Program proposal will target the adult reentry population and others at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity, providing them with training in essential skills and linkages to existing training programs in technical skills to reduce their chances of recidivism.

This program proposes to serve 80 individuals over a period of two years. Individuals who are referred to the program will be enrolled and assigned a Case Manager/Career Planner to help them develop a plan for success aligned with their interests, experience, and aptitudes. Program participants will enroll in a 60-hour training program, the Accelerating Careers Through Essential Skills (ACES) Academy, in essential skills such as teamwork, work ethic, motivation, and conflict management. Upon completion of the training, participants can engage in further training, in areas such as warehousing/logistics and the RichmondBUILD construction training program, or they can receive support seeking employment.

GPG is proud to have supported E&T’s successful proposal to provide reentry populations with essential skills training and linkages to further training to find and succeed in well-paid employment.