Trenton, New Jersey ‘Celebrates First Ever’ Water Job Training And Apprenticeship Program
(TRENTON, NEW JERSEY) - Mayor W. Reed Gusciora and Trenton Water Works (TWW) Director Mark Lavenberg have announced a second semester of the Trenton Water Works (TWW) Training and Apprenticeship Program (TAP), which for the first time in the utility’s history provides current Employees with the education necessary to advance their careers and pursue higher-level jobs in water treatment and distribution.
TAP is a two-year program that is available to TWW Employees of all ranks and various educational backgrounds.
Ten students are already enrolled in this program - six from the water-filtration plant, three from construction and maintenance, and one from engineering.
Ten additional students are scheduled to begin June 2021.
Five of those students participate in an Apprenticeship component that is managed by the N.J. Water Association (NJWA) - with support from Mercer County Community College and the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) Growing Apprenticeships in Non-Traditional Sectors (GAINS) Program.
The GAINS Program promotes the expansion of Apprenticeship Programs that drive economic development by providing the skills and education necessary for advanced credentials and better paying jobs.
Thanks to the GAINS program, half of the Apprentices’ salaries are covered by NJDOL.
Apprentices are assigned Water System Licensed Mentors who are TWW Employees.
The Apprentices receive 290 hours of training, including 180 for the Operator Prerequisite Course at Mercer County Community College, which is being taught on-site at TWW Headquarters on Cortland Street by Andrew Pappachen, a water industry executive with 46 years of experience in water system operation and management.
The TAP curriculum includes U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) emergency response training.
Participants will ultimately become Water System Operation Specialists or Water Treatment Specialists who will be eligible to take the related state exams once they complete the required work hours.
“Having a major public utility right here in the Capital City puts us in a unique position to provide quality, high-skill jobs to our residents and the training to help them get there,” Mayor Gusciora said. “I’m grateful for our partners at Mercer County Community College, the New Jersey Water Association, and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, who all came together to make this elite Apprenticeship Program available for the Trenton residents who work at TWW.”
TWW is among the largest publicly owned, urban water utilities in the United States.
It supplies an average of 27 million gallons of Delaware River-sourced drinking water per day to 63,000 metered customers.
It services more than 200,000 people in Trenton, parts of Hamilton Township, Ewing Township, Lawrence Township and Hopewell Township in Mercer County, New Jersey.
Established more than 200 years ago, TWW operates a 60-million-gallon, water-filtration plant and water-distribution system that includes a 100-million-gallon reservoir.
TWW’s system has 683 miles of water mains varying in size from four to 48 inches in diameter, three pump stations, and six inter-connections between TWW and other water suppliers.
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