The Modified Apprentice Training Program’s fourth cohort started today with 30 new apprentices.
The trainees, the majority of whom are District of Columbia Housing Authority customers, were chosen from more than 230 applications for the successful program which provides participants an opportunity to become work ready while creating a pipeline of applicants who are attractive to employers, including DCHA and its contractors.
“I want to leave [ATP] with as many certifications as I can,” said Tiarra Wideman, who made sure to ask questions during orientation. “I want to complete the program and become a better person than I was yesterday.”
The May 24 orientation welcomed the apprentices to DCHA and laid out the expectation for their work and customer service. They learned details on training for light maintenance, landscaping, painting, carpentry, electrical, and other projects that will improve the curb appeal of DCHA communities. Each apprentice introduced themselves to their new team members and stated their goals for the program.
“I want to learn as much as I can from this program and try to create financial stability for myself and my future,” said Juwan Hamm, a trainee.
Daivaughn Bennett, who learned about ATP from DCHA’s Instagram account, said he is looking for life and work skills that will lead to career.
Similar to Bennett, Apprentice JaeVonn Flanagan said he want to learn new skills “to enhance my life and the lives of others.”
This ATP cohort receives a base rate of $15 per hour to complement the authority’s maintenance staff. Every other Friday will serve as a professional development day where trainees will learn leadership skills, resume writing, business communication, and more. DCHA also will hold a hiring fair exclusive to its apprentices.
At the end of this year’s program, the apprentices compete for positions within DCHA and with private sector employers. Companies hiring the last cohort trainees are DCHA, JTL Inc. Trucking, and the D.C. Department of General Services. DCHA also recently established a partnership with the carpenters union that will lead to permanent employment. After graduation, trainees will continue receiving any necessary support from the DCHA Office of Resident Services and Workforce Development.