The Green Ladders Job Training Program is a free, intensive program that provides skills-based training in environmental building operations and green cleansing and access to secondary education and employment opportunities.
The six-week program teaches participants the basics of sustainability with a strong focus on building resiliency, energy efficiency, and building operations. Participants start the program in the classroom studying current environmental issues and their influence on urban living in New York City. Through group exercises, interactive activities, and guest lecturers, participants gain an education in the fundamentals of environmental resiliency. Participants close out their classroom training with a week of job readiness preparation, which includes resume and cover letter support, formal training in customer service, interview preparation, and a discussion of professional etiquette techniques.
Following the classroom, participants move to the hands-on phase of the program. Participants use their classroom education to support learning through field activities at Queens Botanical Garden and the Association of Energy Affordability and with various experts in the mold and lead abatement fields. Throughout this training, participants earn credentials in energy-efficient building operations, OSHA 10-hour Construction certification, and six credits at LaGuardia Community College. At the end of the program, all graduates receive a year of job placement assistance and continued employment resources through a collaboration with LaGuardia’s Career Development Center.
The program is funded by a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant from the United States Department of Labor. For more information, visit the program website at greenladders.org.