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PPS Launches Window and Workforce Training Program

Providence, RI – The Providence Preservation Society (PPS), in partnership with Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island and Heritage Restoration Inc., announced the launch of a paid, five-week job training program in historic window restoration.

The Window and Workforce Training Program is a pilot program that will offer valuable training to under- and unemployed Rhode Island residents that will enable them to:

  • Repair and maintain historic, wooden sash windows;
  • Build basic business and entrepreneurship skills; and
  • Acquire other valuable skills for employment in the preservation field.

As part of the Window & Workforce Training Program, each student will receive intensive hands-on training in window restoration, contextual education in basic historic preservation philosophy, Lead- Safe certification, specialized tools to keep beyond the training, training on weatherization and sustainable practices, and small business guidance.

Upon successful completion, students will receive a program certificate and a completion bonus. The program will run for five weeks beginning Oct. 1 and ending Nov. 6. Applications are due by Sept. 4, 2020.

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island will provide outreach, recruitment, and assessment services in addition to providing English Language support for the duration of the program. Heritage Restoration Inc. will lead the hands-on training, lending their experience in historic preservation general contracting and window restoration.

This program is part of a larger institutional effort at PPS to support the traditional building trades in Rhode Island. More information about the program and application requirements is available at http://ppsri.org/programs-events/training-programs.