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Your Environment. Your Health.

Environmental Career Worker Training Program

Worker Training Program

Worker in training class
(Photo courtesy of the New Jersey / New York Hazardous Materials Worker Training Center)

The Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP), known as the Minority Worker Training Program until 2014, focuses on delivering comprehensive training to increase the number of disadvantaged and underrepresented minority workers in areas such as environmental restoration, construction, hazardous materials/waste handling, and emergency response. Since 1995, the ECWTP has provided pre-employment and health and safety training to thousands of people from underserved communities nationwide. Read more about the ECWTP in the program's fact sheet (818KB) .

Life Skills and Job Readiness Training

Life skills and other pre-employment training are a fundamental component of the ECWTP. This instruction provides trainees with the personal and interpersonal skills required to deal with the challenges of everyday life and to obtain and sustain employment. Life skills curricula address topics such as:

  • Confidence building
  • Cultural diversity
  • Financial responsibility
  • Job readiness/employment success
  • Stress and time management
  • Work relationship dynamics

Some ECWTP-supported training also includes enrollment in apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeships provide trainees with on-the-job training in a specific trade and prepare the trainee for a long-term career in the profession. Mentoring and counseling are also an important part of the ECWTP, as they help trainees to develop direction, confidence, and positive attitudes toward job training and work.

Success through Partnerships

Partnerships are integral to the success of the ECWTP. Program awardees have developed partnerships with government agencies, community and faith-based organizations, academia, labor unions, and employers to help support ECWTP recruitment, training, and employment opportunities.

ECWTP Produces Positive Results

In a new report, an annual federal investment of $3.5 million in the Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) generates a $100 million return. The economists who authored the report found fiscal benefits in the program’s positive effect on earnings that also lead to additional revenue through taxes, reduced costs related to workplace injury, a reduction in hiring costs for businesses, decreased costs related to crime, and fewer social program transfers.

The Economic Impact of the Environmental Career Worker Training Program (1MB)

ECWTP Awardees

The following organizations are funded through May 2025.

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