Free Training to Start Your Green Career!

Rising Sun is actively recruiting for the next GETS training, which begins September 8th. We will be having our FINAL info sessions on Wednesday, August 6th and Wednesday August 20th at 1pm. The info sessions will be held at the offices of Rising Sun Energy Center located at 2998 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94702.

The Green Energy Training Services (GETS) program trains adults (Age 18+) for entry-level jobs in construction and building performance, and prepares graduates for entry into union apprenticeship programs.  During 6 to 8 weeks of training, GETS provides classroom, hands-on, and field training on the basics of construction and building science, job site safety, use of diagnostic tools used to perform energy audits, and installation of energy efficiency measures in homes.  GETS training will take place in Berkeley,MondayFriday from 9:00am-4:00pm.

To qualify for GETS, individuals must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • 8th grade reading/writing/math ability
  • Have legal eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • Be low-income or unemployed
  • Be able to attend training every day
  • Be motivated to find employment in the construction industry

Interested applicants should attend an information session to learn more about the program, complete an application, and take a math and reading test. 

GETS training is FREE, and is the first step in a green career helping home- and building-owners save energy.  GETS graduates are prepared for entry-level positions as energy efficiency or weatherization installers and technicians, energy auditors, air sealers and insulation installers, building maintenance technicians, or HVAC technicians.  Some GETS graduates may also move on to union apprenticeships in the building trades.

After completing GETS, graduates receive ongoing case management and job placement services.  I work closely with graduates on polishing their resume and practicing job interview skills, and finding the right job or further training opportunities.  Graduates also participate in monthly alumni meetings, where they have the chance to network, learn about job openings, and continue building their technical skills.

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