WASHINGTON D.C. – Companies that help keep the District of Columbia humming can expect many potential employees to be ready for a job with the help of the newly opened DC Infrastructure Academy.
The $17-million facility is located in Ward 8 at 2330 Pomeroy Rd. SE. It will get the DC workforce ready for infrastructure jobs that help power, build and keep the city warm.
According to a District press release, the partnership between DC Government and utility, union, university, and private sector partners, will provide residents with the necessary skills to secure jobs in the infrastructure industry - one of the fastest growing industries in the nation.
Some of the training provided under the academy umbrella includes earning a commercial Driver’s License, a framework for energy and utilities work, auto mechanic training, OSHA 10, and solar panel installation.
One reason this idea was pushed through is because of the lack of qualified workers for infrastructure jobs in D.C. According to Mayor Muriel Bowser, about half of the infrastructure jobs in the District went unfilled in 2017 despite being good paying jobs, an average of more than $48 per hour.
Monday’s grand opening coincided with a job fair that was well attended.