Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) programs who partner with existing job development and training programs have an easier time establishing and sustaining their program. The value of the resources extended by these programs cannot be understated. Those interested in establishing an EWDJT program should first examine existing community programs as potential partners. Often EWDJT programs will merge with these programs after they are established for continued operation.
Environmental, engineering, construction, and remediation firms work on Brownfields sites and, therefore, may be interested in hiring graduates of EWDJT programs. These types of firms should be asked to serve on advisory boards and offer their input regarding the types of training to include. When they provide input on training, they are more likely to hire graduates from the program. Concentrate on those employers actually doing the remediation. For example, contact asbestos remediation firms rather than the general contractor. To find firms in your community, search the yellow pages of your area phone book or the Internet in the categories listed below.
You can also obtain information from the following environmental associations.
Community Development Corporations (CDCs) are a type of nonprofit organization formed by residents, small business owners, congregations, and other local stakeholders to revitalize low- and/or moderate-income communities. CDCs typically produce affordable housing and create jobs for community residents. The National Congress for Community Economic Development (NCCED) is the trade association for community development corporations and the Community Economic Development (CED) industry. Because of their experience in grant submission and administration, partnering with a CDC as the lead grantee makes sense for less experienced organizations.
Laborers-AGC Education and Training Fund is a joint labor-management training trust fund, formed by a partnership of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), that provides comprehensive education and training programs to individuals and organizations within the LIUNA marketplace. Laborers-AGC has provided training programs to construction craft laborers working in highway and building construction, utility, and environmental remediation sectors of the industry.
The Fund’s comprehensive, standardized courses prepare apprentices to join the workforce with core skills and an understanding of how to be safe and productive from the start of their careers. Laborers-AGC and its 70 affiliated training centers support the training needs of several hundred thousand LIUNA members and thousands of construction-related contractors by providing core skills training, new skills, and new career paths for workers. Health and safety is an integral part of the program. Laborers-AGC and affiliates offer courses that combine simulated work site activities with classroom instruction and problem-solving skills to prepare workers for the demands of hazardous waste site cleanup jobs and other environmental remediation fields.
Labor organizations are important to EWDJT programs, especially in localities with large federal projects or where organized labor has a large representation in the community. Partnering with organized labor can provide assistance in establishing pre-apprentice programs and pathways to union employment.