The Port of Oakland has partnered with the West Oakland Job Resource Center (WOJRC) to train workers for green jobs in the transportation and logistics industry.
The cooperation comes as WOJRC was awarded a $350,000 grant from the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program.
The Port of Oakland supported WOJRC during the application process and will provide ongoing technical assistance in the programme’s administration.
The grant is part of the California Energy Commission’s $100 million annual investment to support California communities by promoting accelerated development and deployment of advanced green transportation and fuel technologies.
“I am excited to collaborate with the Port of Oakland and its business partners on this exciting new grant for green technologies in the transportation and logistics industry,” said WOJRC Executive Director, Joyce Guy.
This partnership will build upon WOJRC existing job training programmes to upskill and train workers in zero emissions technologies.
The project’s goal is to create pathways for long-lasting, quality jobs, providing family-sustaining wages for marginalised communities, according to a recent statement.
Programme participants will be trained on a range of zero emissions vehicles and equipment, working towards reducing and eliminating California’s carbon footprint.