West Philly Skills Initiative recruiting participants for new job training program with Four Seasons Total Landscaping
The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, in partnership with PIDC’s Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives, has started recruiting for a new vocational training program. This is their first collaborative professional development program training residents of West and South Philadelphia for lasting, full-time careers with quality wages.
Four Seasons Total Landscaping, a certified women-owned company founded in 1992, is the Navy Yard’s first employer partner to participate in the program. It offers graduates the option to apply for worker positions starting at $ 14 / hour.
The program is a cohort-based training model that combines virtual classes and face-to-face sessions (with high COVID-19 security compliance) to train two roles: Grounds Maintenance Laborers, who earn $ 14 an hour, and Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Laborers 18 To earn $ 98 / hour.
During the six-week program, participants receive OSHA 10 certification (General Industry Safety Certification, First Aid / CPR certification) and gain access to GSI work, plant beds and small machines. This hands-on training is offered by Four Seasons Total Landscaping in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
The program is aimed at goal-oriented, motivated individuals in south and west Philadelphia who wish to get full-time, permanent employment in the landscaping industry. Interested applicants can learn more about the program at https://navyyard.org/workforce/jobs and submit an application by Friday, February 5th at 5:00 p.m.
A virtual information session will take place this Thursday, January 28th at 11:00 a.m. For the RSVP, please send an email to: [email protected]. Further information can be found in the attached flyer.
Since its inception, WPSI has provided professional training and employment opportunities to more than 1,000 residents of West Philly. The program has previously worked with the region’s universities, health systems and other major employers. WPSI has also had tremendous success connecting West Philadelphians with landscaping positions through previous partnerships with Brightview Landscaping and developing University City District’s Green City Works Social Venture Landscaping business.