FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 27, 2017
CONTACT: Tiffany Woodruff
Employment Training Panel Approves $10 Million
to Train More Than 10,000 Workers
Building Skills Partnership to Train Workers in Green Janitor Education Program
SACRAMENTO – The State of California’s Employment Training Panel announced the approval of 23 contracts worth nearly $10 million for more than 10,171 workers. The panel awarded Building Skills Partnership $381,500 to train 350 workers in green skills training components to address energy efficiency and to provide clear, high-wage career pathways for many Californians.
“The Employment Training Panel funds training to ensure businesses have the skilled employees they need to remain competitive,” said Stewart Knox, the Employment Training Panel’s Executive Director. “The green janitors project includes training in energy efficient standards to help California businesses follow green initiatives and meet efficiency goals.”
The Green Janitor Education Program will be administered by Building Skills Partnership, a statewide non-profit collaboration of Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West, building service employers, and community leaders, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for low-wage building service workers, their families, and communities by increasing worker skills and providing educational opportunities that lead to career advancement.
Building Skills Partnership has an established history of successfully administering Employment Training Panel contracts for Green Janitor Education Program training. Their previous contract earned 100 percent of the total requested amount for funding and trained over 430 trainees in green skills.
“Janitors are the eyes and ears of what happens in a building. The work they do every night impacts a building’s ability to save energy, conserve water, divert waste and improve indoor air quality,” said Aida Cardenas-Barragan Executive Director of Building Skills Partnership. “It is important to invest in their education and skills to promote the best practices of a sustainable cleaning system and to integrate this primarily immigrant workforce into the workplace community and create confidence and skill for career pathways.”
The funds approved today will help expand the Green Janitor Education Program, which will allow Building Skills Partnership to continue workplace training including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and other specialized courses across the state. Training will take place at over 32 locations throughout California and will focus on green initiatives such as recycling programs, automated lighting, water control, chemical and tool cleaning.
The Employment Training Panel is the state’s premier program supporting job creation and retention through training. The panel reimburses employers for the costs of training existing workers, funds training for unemployed workers to re-enter the workforce and helps to ensure California businesses have the skilled workers they need to remain competitive.
For more information about the program, please visit www.etp.ca.gov, or call 916-327-5276