NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — As building continues to growth all through Middle Tennessee, many contractors are struggling to seek out sufficient employees. Goodwill’s month-long building and weatherization coaching program is working to meet this want whereas additionally serving to underserved residents in Nashville discover jobs.
Goodwill has a coaching facility in West Nashville the place college students in this system study priceless building expertise. The program consists of 4 courses per week with college students splitting their time equally between the classroom and the workshop.
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Matt Gloster, a Vice President at Goodwill, mentioned that this program targets those that are underserved within the Nashville neighborhood, “We target audiences in the north part of Nashville. Zip code 37208 has the highest rate of formerly incarcerated persons in the country. And if you think it’s hard getting a job, try getting a job with a background. So when we bring them into our program, we work with them on their employability skills. We’re with them on financial literacy, digital literacy, and then work skills training programs, like the construction training.”
Gloster mentioned the talents the scholars study make them wonderful candidates for entry-level building positions. “They get several credentials. They come from the National Council on construction research and education. It has basic carpentry, basic construction safety. OSHA 10, they get a certification for that, we get a weatherization certification, and they learn how to operate a forklift.”
Students additionally study extra about vitality effectivity because of Goodwill’s partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority. The TVA constructed an illustration home on-site so college students can get hands-on weatherization coaching.
Frank Rapley, Senior Manager of TVA EnergyRight, mentioned that many contractors of their high quality contractor community rent the graduates of this program. “The vision is that their students will come in here and they can get their general construction training, then they’ll learn about energy efficiency, and weatherization, and all the things that we do in our programs, and then our contractors can hire them and bring them into the industry so they can get good-paying jobs and start to careers.”
Those who’re on this program can name Goodwill at (615) 742-4151 or click on right here for extra info.