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The District of Columbia Housing Authority has a new training facility for its Modified Apprenticeship Training Program participants.

The Modified Apprenticeship Training Program (ATP), started in March 2018, has 40 apprentices this year who are getting the opportunity to learn job skills while also working to enhance the appearance and curb appeal of DCHA properties. This year a training facility that is broken out into areas of specialization was created at Greenleaf Gardens Family.

“This space was underutilized before, but now provides hands-on training for our apprentices to hone their skills in plumbing, electrical work, painting, carpentry, plastering, tiling, and more,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “This is exactly what the Apprenticeship Training Program was designed to do—have resident participants learn job skills while working to enhance our properties. It is dedicated on the job training, now with an enhanced trade skills training and assessment area.”

The apprentices are at the center or working to improve DCHA properties Monday through Thursday. Fridays are reserved for professional development sessions at the Southwest Family Enhancement and Career Center.

“This space is great for our maintenance supervisors to give one-on-one training to our apprentices. With the focus attention and direction from supervisors, the apprentices can practice and hone their skills. Once they have mastered a certain trade, they then go out to the properties to address those very issues inside the units,” said Douglas Moody, a maintenance foreman who leads ATP.

About 20 apprentices from the 2018 graduating class found employment at DCHA, either as member of the vacant unit rehabilitation team or in other areas of maintenance staff, such as laborers. Other members of last year’s graduating class are now working at partner organizations and companies, such as D.C. Department of Public Works, and with a DCHA contractor, Galaxy Paint. 

 

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Last modified: 7/23/2019 1:17:58 PM