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Gateway to Green Building Pre-Apprentice Training Programs by WIB

Learn energy auditing, green construction and weatherization career skills in the Gateway to Green Building training program.

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Are you looking for a green job or green career in the emerging fields of energy efficiency, green building, resource conservation, leadership, and career development?

Target Occupations for Gateways to Green Building

Gateways program graduates who complete all courses will be qualified to work in one or more of the following emerging green building occupations:
  • Energy Efficiency Retrofit Technician
  • Home Energy Assessor/Auditor
  • Sustainable Development Technician I
  • Electrical Apprentice
  • Deconstruction Worker
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South Bay Workforce Investment Board
Jan Vogel, Executive Director
11539 Hawthorne Boulevard, Hawthorne, CA 90250
(310) 970-7700
Robert T. Mejia, Program Manager
India Brookover, Program Assistant

The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) sponsored training Program: Gateway to Green Building

  • Job training includes community service assignment working with a local nonprofit or governmental organization to weatherize or make other types of retrofits for energy efficiency on qualifying homes.
  • Renew and improve basic workplace competencies and develop workforce entry skills.
  • Job search assistance will be provided for all Gateways participants.

This green building training program is administered by the South Bay Workforce Investment Board in cooperation with the Century Center for Economic Opportunity. Graduates will receive strong consideration for employment by participating building performance contractors in need of skilled personnel.

The Green Building Career Ladder

California’s economy is “greening,” and work on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in residential construction will be a large part of the expansion.

Gateways is designed to prepare trainees for work on residential green building projects focused on

  • Home energy performance analysis
  • Energy efficiency retrofitting
  • Installation of domestic renewable energy systems.

In addition to skill development for job opportunities in green building, trainees will learn how to make a successful application for apprenticeship to the IBEW/NECA Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee-Electrical Training Institute located in the City of Commerce.

The Gateways program helps trainees develop environmental literacy in green building and learn the fundamentals of energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable development.
Industry Certifications for Construction Jobs Trainees who complete all coursework in Gateway to Green Building and pass all final examinations will receive the following industry-recognized certifications
  • The Home Builders Institute -Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate for YouthBuild Participants
  • Build it Green -Certified Green Building Professional
  • CBPCA -Green Home Energy with Solar Hot Water and Electricity
  • CBPCA -Certificate of Completion
  • Association of Energy Engineers -Sustainable Development Technician I
  • Blueprint for Workplace Success -Certificate of Workplace Readiness
  • RHA -Weatherization and Energy Retrofit Fundamentals Certificate of Completion

Employer Contact for Skilled Workers in Green Building & Retrofit

If you'd like to hire these trained energy efficiency and weatherization graduates, contact the South Bay Environmental Services Center (SBESC) operated by the South Bay Cities Council of Governments.

The SBESC is Gateways’ primary employer and local government outreach partner.

Contact with building performance contractors and local authorities responsible for construction projects is made through: the South Bay Area Chambers of Commerce, individual chamber business expos, ongoing outreach to a range of building contractors, including lighting, HVAC, and solar contractors, other building trades firms, and water and energy utility companies and authorities.

In addition to employer outreach, the SBESC guides potential employers to the Gateways Program as a source of skilled workers; coordinates with energy retrofit programs developed by Los Angeles County that benefit the South Bay; and provides class speakers on energy efficiency.

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