Public Works trainee program increases diversity, serves as new hiring pipeline

The Public Works Service Worker 1 Trainee Program is helping the department change the face of its workforce to better reflect the community it serves. The first class of graduates in the trainee program included 64 percent employees of color and 21 percent women. All have now been hired as Public Works service workers for the City.

Spread the word: New trainee program begins soon

Public Works is hiring throughout October for the next trainee program. The program offers adults a chance at on-the-job training to meet the qualifications for the Public Works service worker 1 position. Trainees perform manual labor to support construction and maintenance work while also learning the fundamentals of the construction industry and how to drive and operate Public Works equipment. Through the course of the program, they earn their Class B commercial driver’s licenses.

Please help spread the word about these opportunities with folks in your network. Share this flyer, and encourage prospective applicants to attend one of several information sessions in October. Attendees will be able to talk to Public Works representatives and apply for a position on the spot.

Information sessions

Noon-2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4
Minneapolis South Workforce Center, 777 E. Lake St.

1-3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5
EMERGE, 1834 Emerson Ave. N.

10 a.m.-noon, Friday, Oct. 7
Public Works Hiawatha Facility, 1901 E. 26th St.

2-4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13
Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N.

10 a.m.-noon, Friday, Oct. 14
Goodwill Easter Seals, 553 Fairview Ave. N., Saint Paul

3-5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17
Sabathani, 310 E. 38th St.

3-5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19
Summit Academy OIC, 935 Olson Memorial Hwy.

4-6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20
UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N.

2-4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21
American Indian OIC, 1845 E. Franklin Ave.

10 a.m.-noon, Monday, Oct. 24
Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

2-4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24
Sumner Library, 611 Van White Memorial Blvd.

2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25
Currie Maintenance Facility, 1200 Currie Ave.

Applicants don’t have to attend an information session; they can also apply online at

Published Sep 23, 2016



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