Water industry grappling with aging workforce & hundreds of vacancies

Water industry grappling with aging workforce & hundreds of vacancies


KIDS NEED JOBS .. AND AN INDUSTRY IS DESPERATE FOR WORKERS.SO — BALTIMORE CITY CAME UP WITH A WAY TO SOLVE BOTH PROBLEMS.IN FOCUS REPORTER MALLORY SOFASTAII TELLS US ABOUT THE WATER INDUSTRY MENTORING PROGRAM AND HOW IT’S TURNING YOUTH INTO YOUNG PROFESSIONALS. 3 3 THE WATER INDUSTRY IS IN CRISIS MOD3 IN BALTIMORE AND NATIONWIDE — THERE ARE FEWER PEOPLE LOOKING TO FILL THE JOBS OF THOSE WHO PROVIDE US WITH CLEAN DRINKING WATER .. AND WITH HUNDREDS OF VACANCIES ALREADY .. THE CITY IS RACING THE CLOCKWHICH IS WHY IT LAUNCHED A MENTORING PROGRAM TWO YEARS AGO .. TO FILL THE NEED BY GIVING OTHERS AN OPPORTUNITY3 THE BALTIMORE CITY WATER INDUSTRY CAREER MENTORING PROGRAM IS OPEN TO YOUNG ADULTS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 24 AND HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR G-E-D.TWICE A WEEK FOR SIX MONTHS, PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS TAKE TOURS, MEET WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS, AND RECEIVE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE3 OUT OF THE 2 CLASSES SO FAR — EVERY ONE OF THE 30 PARTICIPANTS WAS OFFERED A JOB WITH PUBLIC WORK3 22-YEAR-OLD DAYTRON DAVIS NEVER CONSIDERED THIS KIND OF WORK BEFORE BUT THEN SAW AN AD FOR THE PROGRA3 DAVIS HAS BEEN TRAINING AND WORKING FOR A YEAR AT THE PATAPSCO WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLAN3 NOW HE’S WAITING FOR A PROMOTION ..3 AND HE MIGHT .. HE’S ALREADY GOT HIS FOOT IN THE DOOR .. AND HE’S WORKING HARD TO MOVE THROUGH THE PIPELINEIN BALTIMORE, I’M MALLORY SOFASTAII 3 STARTING PAY IN THE WATER INDUSTRY IS AROUND 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS.THE MENTORING PROGRAM HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL, THE MAYOR’S OFFICE OF EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT IS USING IT AS A MODEL FOR OTHER INDUSTRIES WITH A WORKFORCE NEED.RECENTLY — THEY LAUNCHED A PILOT PROGRAM THAT PLACES HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS INTO JOBS AS SURVEY TECHNICIANS. 3

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