NEW BRITAIN – Mayor Erin Stewart is implementing a program to help residents obtain a Class B Commercial Driver’s License through a program called “Better Tomorrow.”
The goal of the program is to hire seasonal workers for a variety of functions, including some entry level jobs for public works, Public Works Director, Mark Moriarty, said
The city has already hired six people, and it is looking to hire potentially two more to work with the city’s water and sewer operations.
Moriarty said that the mayor’s motivation to create the program is that the city’s public officials have had a hard time finding New Britain residents to take entry level jobs in the City’s Public Works Department.
The city will pay 50 percent of the cost of the CDL classes. The preferred qualifications for the candidates are commercial mowing, construction, and moving equipment. Furthermore, applicants must be at least 18-years-old, and must have a high school diploma. Applicants also need to pass a Department of Public Transportation medical exam, and a background check.
“Better Tomorrow” is being offered in conjunction with the AB CDL Driver Training Center in New Britain, which has offered a reduced rate for people involved in program.
The program also involves a partnership with the City’s Public Works Department.
The jobs offered in the program are temporary.
“Having one (CDL) also opens up a person to a host of other good paying employment opportunities,” Stewart said on a press release. “Every year New Britain Public Works’ seasonal workers are hired between April 1st and November 30th to perform semi-skilled work involving maintenance, construction, installation, and repair related to City parks, public areas, streets, sidewalks, water, sewer and storm lines. Seasonal workers are paid between minimum wage and $13/hour depending on their qualifications, and work Monday through Friday for up to 28 hours per week.”
Applications are available from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the AB CDL Driver Training Center, located at 221 South St.