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Oakland Green Jobs Corps: Empowering Young People to Pursue Green Jobs

The Oakland Green Jobs Corps is a job training program providing “green pathways out of poverty” for young adults in Oakland facing barriers to employment. The program provides job-readiness training, ongoing support services, and on-the-job training, enabling trainees to pursue careers in green industries.

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"The first three months of the program provide wrap-around services including basic literacy, life skills, and job readiness training; financial management; environmental awareness; and other specialized support services. Trainees also go through several rotations learning vocational hard skills related to green-collar work in key sectors. Participants finish the program with six-month paid internships in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and green construction projects.

The program places graduates in full time jobs with solar firms and green construction contractors. The typical starting wage in the solar industry is $15 per hour. The wages for starting apprentices in the construction trades range from $12 to $16 per hour. The Oakland Green Employer Council and PG&E subcontractors provides placements, especially those related to solar firms and energy efficiency firms."

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That's a great program, Tim — thanks for sharing — I'd love to see the program replicated across the country and around the world!

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