Free Asbestos Abatement/Environmental Remediation Worker Training Offers Pathway to Good Paying Jobs for People Without a High School Degree:Program Graduates Can Earn Valuable Credentials in Four Weeks
In April, May, and June 2023, MCRWB will once again offer a free Asbestos Abatement/Environmental Remediation training course funded by an EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant. The four week course–offered three times in Spring 2023–prepares program graduates for stable, above average hourly wage jobs in a high demand occupation. Employers who hire program graduates are eligible to receive a $300 “New Hire Incentive Bundle” to cover onboarding costs.
The training includes four weeks of classroom and hands-on learning (Monday – Friday, 8AM – 4PM). Upon completion, program graduates will earn nationally recognized certifications in Asbestos Abatement and Environmental Remediation: OSHA-10 hour Construction Safety, OSHA-40 hour HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response), and OSHA-40 hour Asbestos Abatement Worker/Supervisor. Participants also get communications and leadership training.
“These are great jobs for people who like hands-on work,” said MCRWB Executive Director Jeff Turgeon. “Given the many Environmental Remediation projects in Central Massachusetts, these trainings help us fulfill our employer partners’ needs for trained, qualified staff.” Turgeon added the training may appeal to people without a High School degree and re-entering citizens seeking stable, full time work making a living wage.
In addition to partnering with the City of Worcester Housing Development Division, the MCRWB has engaged dozens of regional construction and environmental services companies seeking to hire qualified program graduates. Through the Worcester Jobs Fund, eligible City of Worcester residents also qualify for a $300/week training support stipend—“they’ll get paid to train,” said Turgeon.
“This career development program builds on the successes of other MassHire Central Region offerings and our ongoing efforts to provide all Worcester residents the skills they need to secure good jobs with a living wage here in our City,” said City of Worcester Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr.
Space in each cohort is limited; candidates must meet specific qualifications (age 18 or above, U.S. citizen/proof of residency, etc.). Apply securely online.
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MCRWB manages the EPA’s FY21 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant on behalf of the City of Worcester’s Economic Development Department.
Become an Asbestos Abatement and Environmental Remediation worker in four-week trainings in April, May, or June 2023. Weekday classes (generally 8AM – 4PM) taught in English. Eligible City of Worcester residents receive a $300/week training support stipend.