Since our founding in 2012, For Richmond has made significant strides connecting Richmond residents to job, health, safety and educational opportunities.
However, there’s one area where we’ve made a particularly strong impact: jobs.
Over the last four years, For Richmond placed more than 1,500 Richmond residents into construction trade and non-construction trade careers.
How did we do it?
Our success serving Richmond residents in the jobs sector is attributable to a multipronged approach that encompasses program initiatives, advocacy and outreach.
A key part of our jobs-related work includes helping residents remove the barriers that stand in the way of them obtaining meaningful employment through our Job Barrier Removal Program.
Under the program’s umbrella, we host a free Pre-Apprentice Test Prep Class twice annually that helps Richmond residents brush up on their math skills and prepare to enter a local construction trade apprenticeship program. With some perseverance, the end result can be a promising, lifelong career as a plumber, welder, electrician and/or steamfitter.
Residents who have passed through our Job Barrier Removal Program have eventually been placed in roles in the construction trades at East Bay companies such as Overaa Construction, Kiewit, Performance Contracting Inc. (PCI) and nearby refineries such as Chevron Richmond, ConocoPhillips Company, Shell Oil, Tesoro Corp. and Valero Energy Corp.
Our placements include work on large-scale construction projects currently underway in our own backyard such as the Chevron Richmond Modernization Project—a venture which has prioritized hiring local talent.
“Chevron recognizes the importance of partnering with For Richmond and other organizations that are working to create opportunities for local residents to work at the Richmond refinery,” said Joe Lorenz, senior policy, government and public affairs representative at Chevron, who is also a For Richmond Steering Committee member.
“One of the keys to a thriving and robust local economy is having a well-trained, well-educated workforce,” Lorenz added. “As the City’s largest employer, we are proud to work with organizations like For Richmond that make a positive impact by helping build skills of residents and grow the pool of qualified local talent.”
Other facets of our jobs-related work includes promoting expanded support of other local vocational and trade training programs, advocating for local hire spurred by large-scale construction projects in Richmond and informing the community about ongoing current job openings via our weekly e-newsletter’s “Job Watch.”
A sampling of some of our past non-construction job placements of Richmond residents include roles at companies such as Blue Apron, Chimes Printing, raindesign, Pacific Gas & Electric, Xfinity, the City & County of San Francisco and numerous others.
“For Richmond welcomes any Richmond residents interested being connected to careers through our work to get in touch,” said For Richmond Executive Director Kyra Worthy. “If you’re ready to get to work, we’re here to help you overcome some of the obstacles that might be standing in your way.”
Contact For Richmond at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-260-0290.