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Title: Workforce Strategies


1
Workforce Strategies
  • For the 21st Century

2
The Strategy
3
Behind The Fence
  • Incarcerated individuals are educated about
    services that will assist them during their
    transition out of incarceration (Jericho)
  • Incarcerated individuals are assessed enrolled
    into transitional programs prior to release
    (Living Classrooms)

4
Re-entry
  • Housing support
  • Job readiness
  • Addressing personal barriers
  • Financial Management
  • Job Training referals

5
Job Training Placement
  • Life skills Job Readiness
  • Technical skill development
  • Internships
  • Job searching
  • Placement

6
Living Classrooms
  • Howard Wicker

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Accomplishments
9
Jericho
  • Lara McNeil

10
Episcopal Community Services of Maryland
  • Jericho,
  • America is the land of second chance and when
    the gates of the prison open, the path ahead
    should lead to a better life.

11
An outline of the program
  • Anger Management
  • What is anger?
  • Dealing with feelings
  • What is action claps?
  • What are beliefs?
  • Anger cues
  • Self Talk
  • What has anger cost you
  • My Anger Drama

12
An outline of the program
  • Prepare Cover Letter Resume
  • What is a cover letter/resume?
  • What are the components?
  • Write a cover letter / resume
  • Budgeting
  • What is a budget benefits?
  • Where does money go?
  • Money saving tips
  • How to keep your budget working
  • Budget exercises

13
An outline of the program
  • Basic Skills
  • Following instructions
  • Accepting NO for an answer
  • Talking with others
  • Introducing yourself
  • Accepting criticism / consequences
  • Disagreeing appropriately

14
An outline of the program
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • What is an interview/
  • How to interview like a pro
  • The 10 most common mistakes
  • Be prepared to answer these questions
  • Questions to ask the interviewer
  • The 10-second rule
  • Exercise Compose Personal Presentation Statement
  • Mock Interviews

15
An outline of the program
  • Work Place Behavior
  • What is Sexual Harassment?
  • 6 Topics to avoid discussing at work
  • Sharing too much information
  • Does gossip have a place at work
  • Workplace behavior quiz
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Prepare and assemble your job search tools
  • Plan Your Campaign
  • 10 things a job seeker should know

16
Bmore Green
  • Building Baltimores Brownfields Workforce

17
Bmore Green
  • Our mission is to serve the employment needs of
    Baltimore residents through environmental job
    training and brownfields employment development
    initiatives
  • A brownfields workforce development program
    developed by Civic Works, a 501 (c ) 3
    organization and Baltimores service corps.
  • Funded by an EPA brownfields job-training grant
    and the Abell Foundation

18
What are brownfields?
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Brownfield
  • A Brownfield is an abandoned, idle or
    underused industrial or commercial facility where
    expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real
    or perceived contamination.

20
Baltimores Brownfields
  • Since the 1960s Baltimore has seen a steady
    decline in the manufacturing industry
  • This change in the local economy has resulted in
    job loss and an increase in commercial and
    industrial property abandonment

21
Baltimores Brownfields
  • 1,000 acres of brownfield sites in Baltimore.
  • Revitalizing these lands could create an
    estimated 27,000 jobs.

22
Typical Brownfield site
  • American Can
  • Baltimore City, Maryland

23
Successful Project
  • American Can after clean-up

24
Baltimores Brownfields
  • Baltimore has been designated by the federal
    government as one of 16 federal Brownfields
    Showcase Communities
  • Brownfield Showcase Communities have access to
    federal resources which help to
  • provide a cleaner environment
  • expanded job opportunities
  • Increase the tax base
  • and preserve of open space

25
EPAs brownfields job-training
  • The EPA brownfields program
  • ensures the recruitment of trainees from
    socio-economically disadvantaged communities
  • provides quality worker-training
  • allows local residents an opportunity to qualify
    for jobs developed as a result of brownfields
    efforts.

26
The jobs
27
Environmental Technology
  • A career field that utilizes the principles of
    science, engineering, communications, and
    economics to protect and enhance safety, health,
    and natural resources.

28
Positions available
  • Lead Asbestos Abatement Technician
  • Lead, mold, Asbestos removal containment
  • Demolition in conjunction with abatement projects
  • Environmental Field Technician
  • Remediation and emergency response
  • Hazardous waste clean-up and disposal
  • Environmental site assessment, inspection and
    sampling

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Lead Abatement worker
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Asbestos Abatement Worker
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Environmental Field Technician
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The Training
33
Bmore Green
  • Environmental Health safety Certifications
  • Non-certification training in environmental
    science and related topics
  • Personal Empowerment Career Development
    Workshops

34
The Curriculum
  • Designed to meet employer needs
  • Focused on Certifications
  • Combination of hands-on exercises classroom
    instruction
  • No prior experience or specialized knowledge is
    necessary
  • Designed to address soft-skills as well as
    technical training

35
Certifications
  • Basic First Aid Adult CPR
  • OSHA Construction Safety Orientation
  • OSHA Confined Space Operations
  • OSHA Hazardous Waste Site Worker
  • MD Lead Abatement Worker
  • EPA AHERA Supervisor
  • Mold Abatement Worker

36
Non-certification topics
  • Brownfields Community Redevelopment
  • Intro to local ecology a look at the Chesapeake
    Bay and MDs wetlands
  • Phase I Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
  • Job Readiness Employability Training
  • Personal Professional Development

37
Personal Professioanl Development
  • Every class begins with an intensive Personal
    Professional Development session
  • Addressing personal barriers to success and a
    meaningful life
  • Building the foundation for success through
    conscious living affirmations
  • Taking full responsibility for ones life
  • Creating affirming life goals
  • Mastering self presentation skills

38
Personal Professional Development
  • Trainees are video taped presenting themselves
  • Videos demonstrate their initial self
    presentation challenges
  • After trainees are provided with the tools to
    present communicate powerfully effectively,
    they are video taped again
  • The process visually expresses the progress made

39
Job Readiness Employability
  • Resume development
  • Job searching skills
  • Interview skills
  • Dressing for success
  • The employer / employee contract
  • The importance of punctuality reliability
  • Attitudes habits for employee retention
  • Financial literacy

40
An Atmosphere of Employability
  • All trainees are required to perform daily chores
  • Trainees are issued policies procedures and
    sign an enrollment agreement
  • Basic workplace standards are applied
  • Punctuality and attendance are strictly enforced

41
Instructors
  • Environmental Professionals
  • Civic Works Staff / OWDS
  • Past Graduates
  • Community Volunteers

42
Hands-on learning
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Hands-on Learning
44
Site visits
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Who are the trainees?
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Our Trainees
  • Individuals who arent earning a living wage
  • Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
  • Transitioning military veterans veterans with
    barriers to employment
  • Homeless individuals
  • Middle aged career changers
  • Young adults with little or no work experience

47
All applicants must be
  • Unemplyed or underemployed
  • 18 or older
  • Have a valid drivers license
  • Drug free
  • Cleared by a physician to wear a respirator

48
Demographics
  • We have enrolled 93 males 37 females
  • 99 African American, 18 white, 5 Native American,
    4 other, 2 Latino American, 2 Asian American
  • 63 have had a criminal record
  • 41 have been military veterans
  • Average age is 40 years old
  • As of 9/30/2007

49
Locating Trainees
  • Outreach to Community based organizations
  • Partnerships with the One Stop Career Centers
  • Classified ads (City Paper, The Baltimore Guide,
    The Afro-American, The Examiner)
  • Referrals from the office of parole probation
  • Word of mouth

50
Screening Trainees
  • The most important step in the job placement
    process is the initial trainee selection
  • Many applicants are attracted to the prospect of
    earning 12 to 16 per hour after a brief 5-7
    week period of training

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Threshold Qualifiers
  • Attend an info session
  • 18 or older
  • Valid drivers license
  • Negative drug test
  • Physician approval to wear a respirator
  • No conviction of a sex offense

52
Additional Qualifiers
  • 8th grade reading math level preferred
  • High School Diploma / GED preferred
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Willing to work outdoors
  • Willing to work in extreme temperatures
  • Desire to work in a construction site environment
  • Strong desire to succeed

53
The Application Process
  • Candidates respond to outreach
  • All applicants must have a valid drivers license
    be 18 years old or older
  • Attend a mandatory informational presentation
  • Complete a written application
  • Interview with project staff
  • Pass a drug test respirator physical exam
  • Submit to a background check

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Results
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Sustainable employment
  • Average starting wage of 12-16 per hour
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Benefits
  • A career

56
Job Placement
  • Employers attend a career fair for Bmore Green
    graduates
  • Employers attend a Civic Works hosted interview
    session to meet one-on-one with program graduates
  • Program staff work with employers to refer
    graduates for specific career opportunities with
    partner employers

57
Employers
  • Triumvirate
  • KS Environmental Solutions
  • Arc Environmental
  • ARC Construction Services
  • Goel Services
  • Power Component Systems, Inc.
  • LVI Environmental
  • Marcor Environmental
  • URS Corporation
  • EEC, Inc.
  • Environmental Design Construction
  • Clean Harbors
  • Marcor Remediation
  • BMW Construction
  • Insulation Specialists, Inc.

58
Since 2001
  • Bmore Green has trained 150 participants
  • 135 have graduated (as full-course-completers)
  • 110 secured employment
  • Still placing graduates of Bmore Green Spring
    2008

59
Bmore Greens Results
  • 2006 2007
  • 70 participants enrolled
  • 66 Graduated
  • 61 Secured Employment

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Follow Up
  • We track our trainees progress for a minimum of
    one year

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Individual Graduate Tracking
  • 1 month, 4 month, 12 month scheduled graduate
    check-ins
  • Periodic employer interviews regarding graduate
    progress
  • Intensive one-on-one job placement assistance
    immediately following graduation

62
Group Tracking
  • The Bmore Green Alumni Association is a network
    of workers in the environmental field that all
    have Bmore Green in common
  • Quarterly Alumni gatherings bring recent and past
    graduates together
  • Quarterly Alumni newsletters update participants
    of program activities

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Retention Support
  • Bmore Green staff provide one-on-one counseling
    as needed in response to on-the-job challenges or
    job-related challenges
  • We are piloting a career mentor program that aims
    to connect recent graduates with professionals in
    the field

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The Career Mentor Program
  • Aims to assist recent graduates during the
    transition into a new career field
  • Will facilitate the process of navigating the
    career ladder
  • Our Career Mentor pilot program has matched four
    recent graduates with professionals in the field

65
The Career Mentor Program
  • We are monitoring newly created mentor mentee
    relationships
  • We are documenting the interactions between
    mentors and mentees
  • The program will be evaluated quarterly to
    determine its effectiveness

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HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REMOVAL WORKERS
  • Occupational Outlook

67
Occupation Description
  • Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of
    hazardous materials, including asbestos,
    lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission
    fluid, radioactive materials, contaminated soil,
    etc. Specialized training and certification in
    hazardous materials handling or a confined entry
    permit are generally required. May operate
    earth-moving equipment or trucks.

68
Job Outlook
  • Employment of hazardous materials removal
    workers is expected to increase 27 or more for
    all occupations through the year 2014.
  • -U.S Department of Labor Bureau of Labor
    Statistics

69
State and National Wages
70
Davis/Bacon Act Wage Determinations Building
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Bmore Green Graduates
  • A closer look

72
Roberta
  • Age 24
  • Situation Single Mother
  • History
  • Criminal record barrier to healthcare jobs,
    despite EKG Tech Certification
  • 7.50/hr at McDonalds

73
Roberta
  • Graduated from Bmore Green Training Program June
    20, 2007
  • Hired as an abatement worker, June 28, 2007
    earning 14/hr

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Stephen
  • Age 22
  • Situation Recently separated veteran
  • History
  • 7.50/hr at KFC
  • U.S Marine Corps

75
Stephen
  • Graduated from Bmore Green Training Program
    April 2, 2007
  • Hired April 9, 2007 earning 15/hr.
  • Currently earning base pay of 16/hr
  • High 24/hr at DC Military Base

76
Jimmy
  • Age 49
  • Situation Ex-Offender
  • History
  • Convicted of 2nd degree homicide
  • Currently on parole after 16 year incarceration
  • Previous employment 8.00/hr Baltimore
    Auto-Recycling

77
Jimmy
  • Graduated from Bmore Green Training program
    April 2, 2007
  • Hired as an abatement worker April 9, 2007
    earning 15/hr.

78
Raymond
  • Age 50
  • Situation Homeless Veteran residing at MCVET
  • History
  • felony record as recent as 2004
  • Unemployed for over 5 years

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Raymond
  • Graduated from Bmore Green Training Program June
    20, 2007
  • Hired by a union contractor as an abatement
    worker June 28, 2007 earning 12.44/hr plus union
    negotiated benefits
  • Currently earning 14/hr and attending school at
    night to earn GED
  • High 24/hr at Navy Yard

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Why it works
  • The Key factors for success

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Partners Funders
  • The Abell Foundation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Urban Green Environmental
  • Maryland Center for Veterans Education and
    Training (MCVET)
  • One Stop career Centers
  • The Way Station
  • Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC)
  • Baltimore Community for Environmental Justice
    (BCEJ)
  • Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)

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Keys To Success
  • Training for a growing field with a high demand
    for entry-level certified workers
  • Federal local financial resources
  • Union non-union employer commitment
  • Extensive multi-step screening process to select
    the right candidates

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Keys To Success
  • Certifications, certifications, certifications!!
  • Experienced Environmental Professionals as
    certification instructors
  • Classroom learning, hands-on exercises site
    visits
  • Project staff trained certified
  • Job readiness instruction project facilitation
    provided by OWDS

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Keys To Success
  • Life skills PPD to identify remove barriers
  • Employability skills workshops, job retention
    training, financial literacy training
  • Participant contracts daily chores to emphasize
    habits of accountability employability
  • Alumni Program Mentor Program

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Workforce Strategies
  • For the 21st Century
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