The Greater Gallup Industrial Workforce Program is a workforce training and pre-apprenticeship program designed to give Gallup and McKinley County residents the skills they need to succeed in growing industries.
Local employers are looking to hire people with a specific skills set. This program trains local talent who want to work hard and build a long-term career. The program is offered at no-cost to participants and some qualify for a stipend or compensation through the internship and pre-apprenticeship portion of the program.
The Greater Gallup Industrial Workforce Program is 100% Employer-Led
“This is about developing a qualified workforce. The program is being fed by employers like us who are growing,” said GGEDC board member Kent Wilson, of Four Corners Welding.
Developing the Greater Gallup Industrial Workforce Program has taken a team effort and involves many local stakeholders from the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation to local business leaders and organizations.
“This is a big deal for us. We’ve been working on this for a long time,” said Mike Sage, GGEDC Deputy Director.
“We’re out marketing to companies to come to this area. We can now say we have an industry-led workforce program,” said Patty Lundstrom, GGEDC Executive Director.
This 10-week workforce program provides participants with training for in-demand careers, and later, help with job placement. “We want to prep the local workforce for jobs that are here and that could be potentially coming here.” Unique to the program is that the curriculum is based on the needs of local employers and therefore, could regularly change. The objective is to train the local workforce for the careers of today. That means that if an employer is hiring for several positions, and needs a particular skill set, those requirements could be incorporated into the curriculum to make participants more likely to be hired once they graduate.
The 10-week course is held at the Southwest Indian Foundation, with half the time being spent in the classroom and the other half working at job sites. The work includes:
- Building houses
- Working with the U.S. Forest Service
- Obtaining NCCER certifications
- OSHA General Industry Completion Certificate
- Heavy Equipment Operator Certification
Classes Have Started
The first cohort of students to go through the program graduated in December of 2019. These students completed the 10-week training program and have moved on to the next phase of their education - on-the-job training through pre-apprenticeship programs. “It has been going really well and the students have done a great job,” said Johnny Gonzalez, GGEDC Workforce Development Manager.
Classes are being held at the Southwest Indian Foundation at 209 Day Street in Gallup.