City of Richmond Employment and Training Department Receives Environmental Workforce Development Job Training Grant

US EPA LogoThe City of Richmond Employment and Training Department was one of 14 organizations to receive FY 2017 Environmental Workforce Development Job Training Grants (EWDJTG) Program funding from the EPA. The $200,000 award will be used to operate an environmental job training program for residents of Richmond.

The EWDJTG program is designed to help individuals learn the skills needed to secure employment in the environmental field. These grants help prepare people for green jobs that reduce environmental contamination and provide more sustainable futures for the communities most affected by solid and hazardous waste contamination. The program focuses particularly on recruiting, training and placing unemployed and underemployed individuals who have to overcome a variety of barriers to employment. Many are from low-income neighborhoods. The training programs also serve dislocated workers who have lost their jobs as a result of manufacturing plant closures, minorities, tribal members, transitioning veterans, ex-offenders and other individuals who may have faced barriers to employment.

The funded Richmond program will offer nearly 300 hours of training in a variety of environment and construction related workforce skills, including topics such as: HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response), Lead Abatement, Asbestos Abatement, Confined Space Entry, OSCA (Refinery Safety), OSHA-10 (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) training, Pre-Apprenticeship Construction, and Solar Technology. Participants will be able to obtain an array of certificates that increase the likelihood of post-training employment. Upon completion of the program, individuals will receive a year of follow up support focused on obtaining and retaining employment. Of the expected 60 participants enrolled in the program, 85% (51) will complete the program, and 75% (45) will be placed in environmental positions, while an additional 8% (5) will pursue further training prior to employment. This is the third award for EWDJTG funding received by the City of Richmond since 2013.

GPG was proud to have the opportunity to work on this successful workforce development grant proposal for the City of Richmond Employment and Training Department.