Bringing Potential Employees Into Our Utilities

 

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Two participants in our Laney College bridge program visit EBMUD.

 
BAYWORK and our partners at Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) are planning a series of training programs for those who want to enter our industry. Two of the biggest barriers to a healthier pipeline of job candidates are a lack of awareness of our industry and experience requirements for many entry-level jobs. On-the-job training (OJT) connected to classroom instruction is an effective way to address both of these barriers.

With the support of BAYWORK, JVS has been piloting different models of pre-apprenticeship and internships to address these barriers by placing promising students and candidates in our workplaces.

In the coming months we will be partnering on several projects:

  • A pre-apprenticeship with both classroom training (at Laney College) and OJT at East Bay and East Bay Adjacent employers
  • A summer internship program for students in Los Medanos College’s programs for instrumentation techs and process operators
  • A summer internship in the South Bay, with the occupational focus and college partners to be determined by our South Bay agencies

We are excited about the opportunity to bring diverse and promising young people into temporary positions where they can gain exposure to the kind of work we do, develop connections with individual utilities and gain relevant work experience. If your agency would like to participate, or if you have questions, contact BAYWORK manager Michael Kushner at mkushner@jvs.org.

In the longer term, BAYWORK continues to work toward the development of several skilled trades apprenticeship programs for our industry. Stay tuned!