Minority Worker Training Program
Worker Education and Training Program
The Minority Worker Training Program (MWTP) was established in September 1995 to provide a series of national pilot programs to test a range of strategies for the recruitment and training of young persons. These are individuals who live near hazardous waste sites or in the community at risk of exposure to contaminated properties with the specific focus to obtain work in the environmental field. This new pilot program represents a broad geographic spread and reaches several urban populations in high-risk contaminated areas.
These environmental career-oriented projects are developed within the context of other social and health needs of the community. The main goal of this program is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the construction and environmental remediation industries. The different programs provide pre-employment job training, including literacy, life skills, environmental preparation and other related courses construction skills training; environmental worker training including hazardous waste, asbestos and lead abatement training; and safety and health training. Some training also includes enrollment in apprenticeship programs for construction and environmental remediation worker training. In addition, particular focus is placed on establishing a program of mentoring. This program help to enhance the participants' problem solving skills, understanding of individual self-esteem and teamwork in the application of technical knowledge to environmental and related problems.
This program promotes partnerships or sub-agreements with academic and other institutions, with a particular focus on historically black colleges and universities, and public schools and community-based organizations located in or nearby the impacted area to provide pre-math, science or other related education to program participants prior to or concurrent with entry into the training program. The first cooperative agreements provided funding for seven programs to train inner city youth to enter the environmental field.