The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Denver Post and Philadelphia Post along with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are hosting a series of webinars based on talks given at recent Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites (DCHWS) Symposiums. The mission of the DCHWS symposiums is to facilitate an interactive engagement between professionals from government and the private sector related to relevant and topical issues affecting applications of engineering and science associated with cleaning up hazardous waste sites. The symposiums also serve as a platform to facilitate the exchange of information, encourage dialogue, share experiences, and build and enhance communication among design and construction professionals.
This presentation will discuss the Superfund Job Training Initiative (JTI) implementation as part of the remedial action at the Fairfax Street Wood Treating Site in Jacksonville, Florida. The Superfund JTI program is a job readiness and training program that targets areas and citizens that are affected by Superfund sites and tries to involve underemployment or unemployed community members in the Superfund process thru training and potential employment. The process includes participation of community partners in the area to assist in getting the word out for the opportunity, candidates are screened by an evaluation panel (typically including EPA, EPA RA Contractor, Constructor, and local leaders), and then selected to be part of the training program. Upon completing he training program, the graduates are then eligible to be interviewed with the potential to be hired by the RA Constructor. Lessons learned from all stages of the RA implementation (initiation, procurement, planning, communication, and field execution (subcontractor hiring process) will be highlighted in the webinars. Specifically the presentation will discuss identifying certain expectations and objectives of the client, incorporating those objectives of Superfund JTI program into bid documents and developing appropriate subcontractor selection criteria, establishing strong communication and co-operation with the RA subcontractor, synchronizing construction schedule with the Superfund JTI program training schedule, improving screening and assessment processes for the potential candidates selected for the program, recognizing in advance the challenges presented by the candidates limited skill sets and experience as it pertains to the site specific construction needs, and developing creative alternatives, solutions, and/or opportunities for the graduates with their involvement in the RA activities. To view this archive online or download the slides associated with this seminar, please visit http://www.clu-in.org/conf/tio/DCHWS3_121119/