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The RichmondBUILD program provides access to training and employment services in construction, HazMat and green career industries for San Pablo residents. RichmondBUILD training consists of core pre-apprenticeship construction and carpentry training, along with the following electives:

  • Extended carpentry 
  • Advanced carpentry skills, including Energy Efficiency Audits & Retrofits, Electrical and Solar Technology & Installation
  • Hazardous waste removal training and certification 
  • Electrical training, including electrical safety, introduction to electrical, introduction to lighting and lighting maintenance & repair 

Previous RichmondBUILD graduates from San Pablo have landed positions on the Solar One Richmond Project and the Chevron Modernization Project. Recent graduates have joined premier trade unions such as the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, earning up to $42.55 per hour. RichmondBUILD places 80% of graduates at a starting wage of $18.33 per hour.

For information on RichmondBUILD or to enroll, stop by the RichmondWORKS One Stop Career Center, located at 330 25th St., Richmond, CA 94804 or call (510) 307-8014. 

Rising Sun Energy Center Green Energy Training Services

Green Energy Training Services (GETS) provides high-quality training for the energy efficiency, construction, and solar industries. The GETS Core pre-apprenticeship class prepares adults for careers in the building trades and general construction through intensive hands-on and classroom training, case management, and job placement support. In addition to the nine-week pre-apprenticeship training, students can enroll in a two-week long solar installation course to learn installation techniques, practice installing solar panels and learn more about career opportunities in the solar industry. 

For information on the GETS program and upcoming trainings, please visit the Rising Sun Energy Center website or attend an information session. Information sessions are held at 1 PM every Wednesday at the Rising Sun Energy Center offices, 2998 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702.