|Posted by Elwin Green on April 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM|
This afternoon, Local 154 of the International Union of Boilermakers will offer an unusual job training opportunity for people who might otherwise consider themselves trapped in a life on the streets.
In essence, they are offering a trade - turn in your gun, and you get a good shot at becoming a welder.
Participants will receive a token to enroll in the Boilermakers welding program. They have six months to complete the program, which typically takes six weeks. The union will waive background checks and their standard requirement for a high school diploma or GED, and persons with drug or alcohol issues will have six weeks to get clean, with assistance from the Boilermakers' own substance abuse program.
The $600 cost of the training program and initial union dues will be deferred until the trainee starts his or her first job - and after paying it, they will be reimbursed for all but $10.
This afternoon's event is a collaboration between the Boilermakers, Homewood Brushton Community MInistries and the Mayor's Office of Community Affairs.