IVROP training for beef plant soon to begin

April 02, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

Today marks the first day Imperial Valley residents can obtain applications for a training program that will lead to jobs at the beef-processing plant under construction in Brawley.

The training, to be offered by the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program and the owners of the beef plant, B.P. Ventures, will be available to 600 residents.

That is the number of jobs expected to be created initially by the beef plant. In the future the plant could provide as many as 1,200 jobs.

IVROP has received a $689,000 state grant to start what has been called Operation Hope. That money will pay for training of 200 people to work at the plant.


That funding is meant to reach people who meet certain requirements — those in the county's CalWorks program, former foster care youths ages 18 to 21, the working poor — those who work but are below the poverty level — and non-custodial parents.

Those 200 people will have the opportunity to go through English classes provided by IVROP and through industrial training needed to work at the beef plant.

Beyond the grant funding, IVROP and other agencies in the Imperial Valley will join forces to provide training to another 400 people who do not have to meet specific requirements. Those 400 will go through the industrial training but will not take part in English courses.

In May applications will be screened and those chosen for the program will go through "soft" training during which they will learn proper dress, safety standards and go through attitude training.

In July industrial training will get started. It will run eight hours a day for five days for a total of 40 hours.

That training will be provided by B.P. Ventures, which is looking to open its beef plant on Oct. 1 and to have its staff of 600 employees ready to go that day.

Applications for the training program can be obtained at:

· The state Employment Development Department One Stop Center at 350 G. St. in Brawley.

· The One Stop West Center at 1550 W. Main St. in El Centro, and the One Stop East Center at 2995 S. 4th St. in El Centro.

· The One Stop Center at 301 Heber Ave. in Calexico

· The Imperial Valley College Workforce Development Center, 380 E. Aten Road in Imperial.

· The IVROP Steps of Success Office, No. 9 4th St. in Niland and the SOS office at 101 N. Lake Ave. in Calipatria.

· Sam Webb High School at 522 W. 8th St. in Holtville.

· The Healthy Start Center at 676 Baseline Road in Winterhaven.

For more information about the training program call 312-6434.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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