PSEG announces apprenticeship initiative in Bridgeport

Dubbed PSEG Ready2Work, funded with $500,000 from the company and managed and run by The Workplace and Building Pathways CT, the apprenticeship program unveiled Wednesday resulted from a deal the city and PSEG brokered in 2015 and early 2016. That pact — a “community environmental benefit agreement” — required PSEG’s controversial coal-fired plant to cease commercial operations by July 1, 2021. But in order to gain local support for the gas-run replacement, PSEG agreed to other conditions. One of those was working with area trades unions “to include Bridgeport residents in apprenticeship programs … for general employment in the building trades for the duration of the construction of the project.”

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