Cambridge Begins Green Jobs Training Program


3/8/2010

After a year-long effort on the part of a citizen Green Jobs Task Force, chaired by former Mayor E. Denise Simmons, the City of Cambridge is launching a new green jobs initiative for eligible Cambridge residents. Through the Cambridge Green Jobs Program, individuals will receive training to become energy efficiency technicians through the Energy Efficiency Technician Apprenticeship Program (EETAP), or green building maintenance technicians through the Building Energy Efficient Maintenance Skills Program (BEEMS).  Working in collaboration with the Asian American Civic Association (AACA), the City will offer training beginning in April 2010. 

“Through the new Cambridge Green Jobs Program, Cambridge is promoting sound energy efficiency practices among residential and commercial citizens and helping our unemployed and underemployed residents increase their chances of becoming employed in the new green economy,” said City Manager Robert W. Healy.  

Among other skills, participants will study energy auditing, basic residential energy efficiency and conservation practices, basic carpentry and general maintenance, plumbing, electricity and weatherization.  Program graduates will receive job placement assistance and support services such as computer training, vocational ESOL, math and workforce preparedness training. 

Orientation sessions will be held on Tuesday, March 16, from 6-8 p.m., at Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 4th floor Conference Room or on Wednesday, March 17, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., at Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd floor Community Room, Cambridge.  Registration is recommended by calling 617-349-4637. 

To determine if you qualify as a potential program participant  contact Chris Albruzio at 617-426-9492 extension 250 or via email at chris@aaca-boston.org   or Pardis Saffari, City of Cambridge, Community Development Department at 617-349-4654 or psaffari@cambridgema.gov .

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