Of 20 people who attended a six-week course this summer to learn skills suited to working for an electric, telecommunications or natural gas company, and of the 13 who were selected for another eight weeks of training at Northeast Utilities and two weeks of truck driving training, six landed jobs by graduation, and five more have been hired in the two months since graduating.
The average salary of the first round of hires was $41,000.
The Connecticut Business and Industry Association is now looking for people who are unemployed or in low-wage jobs who would like to participate in a second free class, which will run from October 22 through December 12. Applicants will have to attend an orientation Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 34 Sequassen St. In Hartford
The classes include applied mathematics, reading and research skills and applied technology. The first round will be seven weeks instead of six weeks this time.
“The first group to go through the training was highly motivated and hard-working, and it shows when you look at the fact that 11 of them have landed jobs within the sector,” said Deb Presbie, CBIA project coordinator. “But even with successful programs, there is always room for improvement. I can’t wait to see what becomes of this next cohort.”
Applicants have to have annual income of less than $44,700, have a high school diploma or GED, live in Hartford, Middlesex or Tolland County, be able to pass a drug test, have no felony convictions, and have a valid Connecticut driver’s license and reliable transportation.
To sign up, call Deb Presbie at 860 244-1932 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.