(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Tuesday, September 5, at 10:30 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will sign a memorandum of intent to launch the DC Infrastructure Academy, an innovative workforce training program that will provide hands-on experience and access for residents to secure long-term employment in the infrastructure industry, which is currently experiencing a gap between open positions and available workers to occupy them. In 2016, the District’s infrastructure sector included 6,721 job positions; 2,500 job openings with only 1,246 hires, representing a shortage of nearly 50 percent; and sustained an average hourly wage of $48.45. By year 2021, the District’s infrastructure sector will increase by 11 percent and almost 20 percent by year 2026.
The launch of the DC Infrastructure Academy will kick off DC Works Week, a combined effort to highlight workforce programs from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES). Celebrating the impact of groundbreaking employers and community stakeholders in shaping the District’s workforce system, DC Works Week will continue Mayor Bowser’s efforts to provide equal economic opportunities for all Washingtonians to have a fair shot and maintain their pathways to the middle class.
DC Works Week Events:
● On Wednesday, September 6, at 10:30 am, Mayor Bowser will launch Apprenticeship DC to highlight the District’s apprenticeship programs and encourage participation from residents and employers.
Location: Nixon Peabody LLP, 799 9th Street, NW.
● On Friday, September 8, at 10:30 am, Mayor Bowser will host Workforce Signing Day to highlight DOES program participants who have secured full-time, permanent employment.
Location: Georgetown Starbucks, 1810 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
Members of the media are asked to RSVP to [email protected] by Tuesday, September 5, at 9 am, to receive additional instructions for access and parking at Pepco Benning Service Center.
Tuesday, September 5, at 10:30 am
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Courtney Snowden, Deputy Mayor, Greater Economic Opportunity
Odie Donald II, Director, Department of Employment Services
Pepco Benning Service Center
3400 Benning Road, NE
*Closest Metro: Minnesota Avenue Metro Station*
To view the event online, visit mayor.dc.gov/live or tune in on Channel 16.