The Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board is taking signups from unemployed residents for job training for work on California's proposed high-speed rail project and other public works projects.
The WIB's website, www.hsrjobs.com, is up and running again after being shut down in recent months to deal with a backlog of registrants. The Fresno WIB, along with two other counties, received a $1.5 million state grant to help 325 people find work on the first construction stages of the high-speed rail effort as well as other big infrastructure programs over the next three years.
People who sign up through the website will be screened for their eligibility for the training program. Qualifications for the grant include receiving unemployment insurance or having exhausted unemployment benefits, being laid off from a job, are enrolled in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, being unemployed for 90 days or less in the past two years, and having a California driver's license.
The Fresno WIB is working with local building trades to provide the training. The first group of 21 people completed training in November; a second group of as many as 30 is expected to start training this spring.
Details: www.hsrjobs.com or (855) 805-7245 (805-RAIL).
The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6319, email@example.com or @tsheehan on Twitter.