D.C. Maintenance Apprenticeship Program Spawns Jobs

The D.C. Housing Authority's new apprenticeship program aims to help improve the quality of life for residents by providing job training opportunities that lead to self-sufficiency. (Courtesy of the D.C. Housing Authority)
The D.C. Housing Authority's new apprenticeship program aims to help improve the quality of life for residents by providing job training opportunities that lead to self-sufficiency. (Courtesy of the D.C. Housing Authority)

More than 50 people enrolled in the D.C. Housing Authority (DCHA) property-maintenance apprenticeship program recently began working.

The six-month Modified Property Maintenance Apprenticeship Training Program, which launched in March, provides DCHA customers the opportunity to learn job skills while also working to enhance the appearance and curb appeal of DCHA properties.

Developed by DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett, the program is a response to community concerns highlighted during a series of town hall meetings and listening sessions held with residents.

“This program highlights DCHA’s commitment and continued efforts to,” Garrett said. “DCHA is excited to leverage existing resources and to develop new relationships with employers to identify potential employment and other opportunities for trainees.”

Since his arrival to the agency, Garrett has been on a listening tour, visiting each DCHA community to hear residents’ ideas and concerns. He also has been engaging with residents during one-on-one meetings.

“DCHA residents are a source of labor that have tremendous potential to develop, nurture, and grow into qualified applicants for established positions required to support the mission of the agency,” said Paulette Campbell, director of DCHA’s human resources department. “We have a unique opportunity to help shape the lives of our residents by offering workforce development and life skills training, providing trainees the chance to earn income while they learn on the job and support their goal to secure permanent employment.”

More than 150 people interviewed for participation in the program, which begins with a base pay rate of $13 per hour. Orientation began March 12, and the trainees will work Mondays through Thursday for five hours each day. Fridays will be used as the trainees’ optional professional development day.

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