Workforce for Environmental Restoration in Communities (WERC)

About the Program


DTSC has created a local workforce development and job training program to train and promote hiring of residents in communities near the former Exide Technologies facility. In the recently advertised Invitation for Bid (IFB) for lead assessment contractors for the project, DTSC included a 40% local hire requirement for trained local residents to perform sampling and assessment field work. Thanks to the advice and guidance from workforce development programs and training partners, nonprofit organizations, community stakeholders, and local governments, Phase I of the Program began the week of July 18, 2016, and focused on providing training for Lead Sampling Technicians.

This Program directly supports Governor Brown’s plan to expedite and expand the cleanup of residential properties, schools, daycare centers, and parks around the former Exide facility in Vernon. The Program was also established with the passage of Assembly Bill 118 (Santiago) and Senate Bill 93 (De León), which guide DTSC to create a program that promotes public health and supports the local economy. This Program aims to expand community engagement in the testing and cleanup process, provide environmental skills training, health & safety training, and support job placement related to the sampling and cleanup activities.


Phase I Program


The training sessions are for a limited number of students in sampling and field assessment work. LATTC is coordinating the trainings with UCLA-LOSH, NATEC International, Inc., and Thermo Fischer Scientific. In addition to receiving the environmental skills training and health & safety training, participants in the program will receive college credits for training and work experience, access to LATTC student health care and supportive resources, pre-employment life skills training, and support for seeking sustainable employment.

Next Phases of the Program

Next steps in developing the Program will include training on soil remediation, lead hazard control, interior home cleaning, landscaping, and health education. DTSC is seeking to continue building partnerships with community organizations, workforce experts, and other agencies in developing the next phases of the program. If you have any questions or would like to continue receiving updates about the Program, please contact Roger Kintz, DTSC Environmental Justice Coordinator,, (818) 618-9745.