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Employees to go green at work; new training programs

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going green Employees to go green at work; new training programs

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) has been awarded over $4.4 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to create a new training program called ‘Graduate! St. Louis Consortium.’

The program, which launched Wednesday, will prepare local workers for jobs in emerging green industries, such as hybrid vehicle maintenance and green manufacturing processing.

“We have just started recruiting for the program,” says SLATE executive director Michael Holmes. “More employers are going green and will need to hire workers who are certified in jobs that are affected by sustainable energy.”

“Graduate! St. Louis Consortium” was designed over the summer to help laid-off workers find jobs.

Anyone, however, can sign up for training if they meet admission requirements.

“To get involved, applicants must be over the age of 18,” says Holmes. “They must also go to the Missouri Career Center and take a comprehensive reading test.”

Holmes said if someone can meet the minimum program requirements and pass the reading test, then they will qualify for training at St. Louis Community College or St. Charles Community College at no cost, where they will earn a certificate of completion at the end of their training.

“We just started recruiting for this program,” Holmes said. “We have over 2,000 spots open for applicants and we anticipate more people signing up after the new year because people will want to do something different with their life.”

Holmes also said nearly 1,500 program graduates will find employment in local green industries and that the region will have more talented workers.

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