News release from PSEG:
PSEG Power Connecticut today will host a graduation ceremony of the first class of its PSEG Ready2Work Apprenticeship Readiness Training Program, to be held at its Bridgeport Harbor Station. The apprenticeship readiness training program, announced last November, prepares Bridgeport residents for well-paying careers in the construction industry. Local officials and representatives from the local building trades will join PSEG in recognizing the 10 graduates, who began classes in January.
“Today we are celebrating the partnership between PSEG and the City of Bridgeport with this first pre-apprenticeship graduation,” said Kevin Cellars, PSEG Power vice president-engineering and construction. “We are pleased to see these graduates complete their first step as we continue to work with the building trades and the Connecticut Department of Labor to give our graduates a competitive advantage in their quest to qualify for union apprenticeships.”
Ready2Work helps to build the construction industry’s workforce pipeline by creating opportunities for disadvantaged and low-skilled area residents. “We look forward to our continued work with these graduates, as we assist them in their efforts to gain entry into the Connecticut Building Trades,” said Amy Blackwood, executive director of Building Pathways CT, the program operator.
Ready2Work was designed in accordance to commitments made in a Community Environmental Benefit Agreement with the City of Bridgeport. With comprehensive training offered by Building Pathways CT and administered by Bridgeport’s own workforce development agency, The Workplace, the program prepares its graduates–including minorities, women and veterans of Bridgeport–for potential registered labor apprenticeship programs. It represents a half-million-dollar investment to support residents of the city of Bridgeport.
“The education that Ready2Work program participants are being afforded is invaluable,” said Lori J. Pelletier, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO. “The highest paying jobs available to those without college degrees are found in the building trades, so this program literally will help local residents rebuild their communities.”
Applications are being accepted now for the next Ready2Work Apprenticeship Training Program class, which begins in April. A limited number of candidates will be admitted to each class. For more information, visit www.BridgeportHarborStation.com/Ready2Work.
PSEG Power Connecticut’s Bridgeport Harbor and New Haven Harbor stations are part of PSEG Power LLC’s generating fleet.
PSEG Power LLC is an independent power producer that generates and sells electricity in the wholesale market, with a fleet totaling approximately 10,600 MWs of electric generating capacity, with 1,800 MWs under construction. It is a nationally recognized industry leader on environmental issues. PSEG Fossil LLC is one of four main subsidiaries of PSEG Power, and operates the company’s portfolio of natural gas, coal and oil-fired electric generating units.
PSEG Power is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a diversified energy company with annual revenues of $9.1 billion and 13,000 employees. Headquartered in Newark, New Jersey, PSEG’s principal operating subsidiaries are: Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), PSEG Power, and PSEG Long Island. PSEG is a Fortune 500 company, included in the S&P 500 Index and is a decade-long member of the Dow Jones North American Sustainability Index. (www.pseg.com).