Memphis Clean and Green holding open enrollment for job training - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis Clean and Green holding open enrollment for job training and placement

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The Memphis Clean and Green Job Training Program is holding an open enrollment for free job training and placement assistance to unemployed, under-employed and dislocated residents of Shelby County.

The training program is designed to provide workforce support for the Clean and Green Initiative, a five-year sustainability strategy for the Mid-South that will create local jobs, reduce the city's operating costs and improve the environment.

The program is directed by Memphis Bioworks which partners with area organizations to train 75 local workers.

Bioworks leads local and regional partnerships with more than 200 training providers and employers; some of which include the City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods, the City of Memphis Division of Public Works, EnSafe, MLGW, EnviroRem, and the University of Tennessee Extension, Shelby County.

Training will be provided at no cost to participants, and job placement assistance will be provided when program is completed.

Recent training efforts have placed workers in the fields of medical research, health and information technology, environmental remediation skills and technologies. and renewable energy/energy efficiency industries including electrical, construction and manufacturing.

Since 2010, Memphis Bioworks' workforce development efforts have resulted in more than 900 workers trained, more than 550 workers receiving degrees or certificates and more than 400 workers and counting placed in jobs.

"We're preparing our applicants for work in the environmental and energy efficiency markets," said Dana Dorsey, job training manager for Memphis Bioworks. "Our goal is to identify the right partners and train applicants in new skills needed for local jobs in emerging employment sectors."

Environmental job training will consist of two weeks of core training including seven awareness courses, CPR/First-Aid/AED/Bloodborne Pathogens, Hazardous Materials Transportation, and Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER). Participants will then have the option for additional technical training in one of two specialized job tracks that include education in energy efficiency/retrofit and construction/healthy homes.

To qualify for the program, applicants must be residents of Memphis and at least 18 years old. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, and they must be unemployed or earning less than $15 an hour. More information can be found on memphisbioworks.org.

For additional information, potential applicants can attend one of the weekly informational meetings at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley Street, every Tuesday at 10 a.m. on the first floor. Free parking is available in the garage on the corner of Union Avenue and Dudley Street.

Visit www.memphisbioworks.org, Facebook at www.facebook.com/MemphisBioworks or follow @MemphisBioworks on Twitter for more information.

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