The first step to developing an effective training program is to identify knowledge, skills, and credentials students need for successful employment. Input from prospective employers is essential regarding the specific types of skills and certifications necessary for employment with their firm.
While jobs associated with Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) are classified as environmental technology, it should be noted that environmental technology includes a wide variety of occupations. Workforce needs can vary greatly depending on site characterization and the nature of contamination. For discussion, entry-level training can be divided into three categories.
- Environmental Remediation, Health, and Safety Training
- Adult Literacy and Basic Skills
- Employability/Life Skills Training
Of these categories, only environmental remediation, health, safety, and limited employability training is supported by EPA as part of the EWDJT program. Other training, including remedial education and life skills, must be supported with strong partnerships and leveraged resources.