On Friday, April 5, fifteen excited individuals graduated from the GETS program. This is the seventeenth cohort since GETS began in 2009. It is also the second cohort taught out of our own Berkeley training facility. This cohort lasted 8 weeks, and covered not only energy efficiency retrofits and installations, but also basic construction skills, applied math, and job readiness. Graduates left with a GETS certificate, as well as OSHA 10 and Lead Safe Work Practices certifications.
This fresh crop of GETS graduates is comprised entirely of Berkeley residents, and includes one graduate of the Green Bridge Academy program. The graduates range in age from 20 to 55, and have a broad array of previous experience in construction, office administration, and sales. After completing training, graduates are eager to find employment. Some hope to continue in energy efficiency or green construction, while others hope to work in the solar industry or to join one of the Building Trades unions. All graduates will be working closely with the GETS Training and Employment Manager and the GETS Case Manager over the coming months to achieve their employment goals.
The GETS class was joined by Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, who was the keynote speaker at graduation. Mayor Bates spoke of his own challenges finding the right path in his young life, and the significance of gaining practical skills that lead to a career. Mayor Bates also spoke of the importance of green jobs in combating climate change, and how investments by cities like Berkeley will help these jobs continue to grow.
The GETS team is excited to support this newest crop of GETS graduates in joining the workforce. Congratulations to all!