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Start a career in the green-energy movement

Weatherization 101

A six-week intensive program designed to equip you with the skills necessary for an entry-level job in the well-paid and growing field of weatherization and home energy efficiency.

Want to make an impact on your future? Start a career in the green-energy movement as a weatherization technician.

Introduction

A 6-week intensive program designed for adults interested in the weatherization field.

What You'll Learn

Weatherization:

Learn the principles of home-energy efficiency and building science.

The curriculum follows the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Installer/Technician guidelines.

Have hands-on practice in the weatherization techniques of air sealing, foam and cellulose insulating, proper ventilation, and moisture barrier setup.


Carpentry & Construction:

Students will have hands-on experience with:

  • The proper and safe use of construction hand and power tools
  • Common construction and weatherization vocabulary and job-site rules
  • Construction math, jobsite safety, construction drawings and blueprints
  • Each student will be equipped with the necessary tools of the trade, and will learn to work collaboratively with others accomplishing projects.
  • Class time will be split between seminar-style training and hands-on building and weatherization projects.

Professional Development:

Working together with ReSOURCE’s employment counselor, students will:

  • Explore careers in the weatherization and home-energy fields
  • Develop a weatherization-specific resume
  • Build job-searching and job-retention skills, and
  • Fine-tune their interviewing abilities
  • Meet with hiring weatherization employers

OSHA 10 Jobsite Safety Certification:

Students have the opportunity to earn:

  • OSHA-10 certification – an essential certification for anyone entering the profession and one valued by employers.

Work Experience and Job Placement:

For the final two weeks of the program, work-ready participants will be placed in on-the-job work experiences with hiring employers. The Employment Counselor works individually with students to find a job placement that meets their individual needs and professional goals

Workshop Outline

In this 6-week, Monday – Friday (9 am – 4 pm), program trainees learn key knowledge and fundamentals to create a solid foundation for future growth in the Weatherization sector.

During the first 2 weeks, a variety of hand & power tools covered can be found on any site, creating a core knowledge to build upon with future experiences. Additionally, during this timeframe, trainees receive professional development, which includes a mock interview and resume development, and accumulates to a job fair with employers that are actively hiring.

Weeks 3 & 4 are devoted to the ins and outs of weatherizing a home/space. Here, you’ll practice common insulation practices, including but not limited to spray foam, cellulose installation, and blower door tests.

Weeks 5 & 6 are when work experiences begin. Based on employers at the job fair, the trainee decides on which employer they’d like to experience a few days on the job with. We call this the try before you buy, and it is also the time when we say many job offers on the table.

Who Should Attend

A successful trainee is someone who is motivated and ready to work hard to start their next step in the trades. This can range from career changers who have already showcased professionalism but need experience with tools to the recent High School grad who is just starting their career. We are able to slightly tailor experiences that serve to meet the trainee and program goals.

Testimonials

When it came to instructing the class, they made sure that everyone understood what was going on. Also, they helped us whenever we needed it. As for peers, I got a lot of tips from my classmate, and that helped a lot.

-Wesley, Weatherization 101 (2023)

About ReSOURCE

ReSOURCE Training programs offer an opportunity for adults and youth who have barriers to employment to hone job skills and prepare for a successful work life as productive members of their communities

Sessions and Dates:

March 11, 2024

Location

50 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT.

Registration & Fees

Tuition is FREE for qualifying Vermonters.

Stipends

Weekly training stipend provided to all active participants

Questions?

Contact our coordinators for more details and get all your questions answered.

Pam Laser

Weatherization Training Coordinator
[email protected]
802.324.2091 

September 16th, 2024

Location

TBD

Registration & Fees

Tuition is FREE for qualifying Vermonters.

Stipends

Weekly training stipend provided to all active participants

Questions?

Contact our coordinators for more details and get all your questions answered.

Pam Laser

Weatherization Training Coordinator
[email protected]
802.324.2091 

July 1st, 2024

Location

TBD

Registration & Fees

Tuition is FREE for qualifying Vermonters.

Stipends

Weekly training stipend provided to all active participants

Questions?

Contact our coordinators for more details and get all your questions answered.

Pam Laser

Weatherization Training Coordinator
[email protected]
802.324.2091 

September 30, 2024

Location

ReSOURCE Burlington

Registration & Fees

Tuition is FREE for qualifying Vermonters.

Stipends

Weekly training stipend provided to all active participants

Questions?

Contact our coordinators for more details and get all your questions answered.

Maggie Robinson

Burlington Construction Training Coordinator,
[email protected]

Schedule a Donation Pick-up

Thank you for thinking of ReSOURCE for donations of your furniture and large appliances! We are proud to offer pick-up services in Chittenden County and Central Vermont. 

802.857.4345

802.477.7800

802.851.8333

FAQs

What is Career Start?

Career Start is a program designed for high school students to gain hands-on experience and technical skills in various departments at ReSOURCE’s Burlington or Barre locations.

High school students enrolled in school are eligible to participate in the Career Start program.

The program provides hands-on experience in ReSOURCE departments, technical skills training, and monthly personal and professional development classes.

There is a fee of $1500, but tuition is waived for qualifying Vermonters.

Departments include Customer Service & Retail, Office Administration, Computers and Electronics, Overlook Cafe, and Large Appliances, among others.

Yes, students earn a monthly stipend

Training covers Health and Wellness, Goal Setting and Achievement, Leadership Development, Career Planning, and Financial Literacy.

Interested individuals should contact ReSOURCE’s Training and Development Manager, Susan Uthmann, for enrollment details.

Interested?

Please contact:

Susan Uthmann
Training and Development Manager
[email protected]
802.857.4340

Partner Agency List

Our partners help us to provide $125,000 worth of goods to over 2,000 individuals/families in Chittenden, Lamoille, and Washington Counties, and the greater Vermont area.

  • Addison Community Action/CVOEO
  • Age Well
  • Agency of Human Services- Field Services Burlington District
  • Burlington Community Justice Center
  • Burlington Housing Authority
  • Chittendent Community Action/CVOEO
  • Clarina Howard Nichols Center
  • Committee On Temporary Shelter
  • Essex Community Justice Center
  • Howard Center Community Support Program
  • Howard Center Developmental Services
  • Howard Center School Service Program
  • Lamoille Family Center
  • Milton Family Community Center
  • Pathways Vermont- Housing First Program
  • Pathways Vermont -services for veterans and families rapid rehousing program
  • ReSOURCE
  • Safe Harbor Clinic
  • Spectrum Youth and Family Services
  • Steps to End Domestic Violence
  • The Janet S. Munt Family Room
  • U.S. Committee for refugees and Immigrants
  • U.S. Committee for refugees and Immigrants
  • Vermont Cares
  • Vermont Catholic Charities
  • Vermont Foundation of Recovery

 

Become a Partner Agency

For interest in joining our program please email [email protected] to learn more about the next application cycle or any availability in become a new partner agency.

We make award decisions each December for the next calendar year and notify partners so our clients can request vouchers.

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