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Goodwill of Greater Washington Launches Regional Program with Paid Training in Energy and Construction
Sponsored by Washington Gas
Three-year workforce development initiative in partnership with Washington Gas provides the curriculum, hands-on training and workshops required to prepare individuals for job opportunities in the DC-area
Washington, D.C. – Goodwill of Greater Washington (Goodwill) recently launched a new Energy & Construction Career Training Program sponsored by Washington Gas. The partnership with Washington Gas establishes a three-year workforce development program that will provide comprehensive curriculum, hands-on training and specialized workshops to prepare individuals for energy, construction and utility job opportunities in the DC-area.
This demand-driven program is designed to address critical shortages across the region and increase access to employment in sustainable careers across the high growth industries of energy and construction. Program participants will be prepared for entry level careers including but not limited to:
• Grounds Helper
• Line Helper
• Substation Technician Trainee
• Meter Technician
• Mechanic Helper
• Service Assistant
Given COVID-19 restrictions, training for the first class of students will be offered online and in person on a limited basis at Goodwill’s Northern Virginia Career Center located at 10 South Glebe Road in Arlington. Once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, in-person training courses will continue at Goodwill’s South Glebe Road site. This year, the program will host two classes beginning in the Spring and Summer, with start dates planned for April 7 and July 7, 2021.
Interested students are encouraged to visit the following online site for a program overview, industry resources, flyer for download, and registration for Info Sessions: https://dcgoodwill.org/education/training-programs/energy-construction/.
Goodwill and Washington Gas hope to include up to 15 students per class, and offer a total of nine classes scheduled over three years. All enrolled students will receive a stipend of $11.50 per hour throughout the length of the training, helping them make ends meet while preparing for their future.
In addition to the hard skills training, this program provides employability and career readiness training to enhance interpersonal communication and address existing barriers to employment. To improve post program and long-term success students will receive career coaching, and interview preparation, and placement assistance with area employers.
Washington Gas, which serves natural gas to more than 1.2 million customers in the metropolitan area, has committed to serve as sponsor to enable the initiative to achieve its mission of creating qualified workers to pursue job opportunities in the energy sector. Washington Gas brings extensive experience leading trainings, workshops and educational courses on a range of energy and construction topics. In addition to financial resources, the company is contributing its expertise to closely collaborate with Goodwill on the design, implementation and content during every phase of the program. Washington Gas recently supported a similar training program in Washington, D.C. to prepare District participants for jobs in energy, utility and construction roles in partnership with the District government.
The Goodwill program will host virtual job fairs to help with recruitment and to promote the benefits of enrolling. Upon completion of the training program, graduates will earn:
• The NCCER Core (National Center for Construction Education and Research)
• OSHA 30 certification
• CPR/First Aid certification
Graduates can expect to earn a starting wage of between $15 and $17 per hour.
“With area unemployment rates still staggeringly high due to the pandemic, Goodwill’s Energy and Construction Training Program will have an immediate and lasting impact on the lives of people seeking self-sufficiency and the dignity that comes from work”, said Catherine Meloy, President and CEO of Goodwill of Greater Washington. “The generous investment in our community by Washington Gas deserves to be celebrated and replicated.”
“We are proud to partner with Goodwill to create this workforce program. This innovative program reflects our shared values of giving back to the communities we serve in ways that enrich and improve the lives of individuals and families for years to come,” said Blue Jenkins, President of Washington Gas. “This program will give participants the skills they need to work in the energy industry. We look forward to working closely with Goodwill to provide more employment opportunities in the energy and construction fields.”
Interested individuals can visit www.dcgoodwill.org to register for an information session or to learn more.
About Goodwill of Greater Washington
Goodwill of Greater Washington is an approved nonprofit charitable 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to transform lives and communities through the power of education and employment. Goodwill funds that mission primarily through diverse lines of business, including a chain of retail stores, custodial services, pest control and grounds maintenance operations. The nonprofit also generates revenue through individual, foundation and corporate giving.
About Washington Gas
Washington Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AltaGas Ltd, is a regulated natural gas utility that provides safe, reliable natural gas service to more than 1.2 million customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. The company has been providing energy to residential, commercial and industrial customers for more than 171 years. Visit us at www.washingtongas.com and follow us on Twitter @washingtongas, LinkedIn and Facebook.