Jul 11, 2014
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Richmond job seekers should read this great report from For Richmond about a grant that will be used to provide invaluable employment training.

The City of Richmond’s Employment and Training Department’s RichmondBUILD Program was awarded a $50,000 grant from The San Francisco Foundation that will be used to provide “intensive employment training in construction and education to Richmond residents facing significant barriers to employment.”

The grant will reportedly support training for up to 75 program participants. All participants are enrolled in RichmondBUILD’s nine-week core carpentry pre-apprenticeship track, and then choose from the following electives: Extended carpentry, hazardous waste removal, solar energy, energy efficiency and electrical wiring and theory.

More than 100 residents will typically compete for the 35 available seats per class, mostly because of the program’s reputation for placing participants in jobs. Graduating participants can progress toward sponsorship for the carpenters, laborers or ironworkers unions.

The For Richmond report also noted that three participants were quickly hired for jobs with local companies Overaa Construction, Turner Group Construction and Willson Bailey Construction, Inc.

For more info about RichmondBUILD, click here or call 510-621-1781.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.