The City of Santa Monica’s Economic Recovery Task Force will be presenting Calling All Trades: Jobs for a Green Economy, an 8-part speaker series.

Experienced educators and trades professionals will share the challenges, successes, and current insider perspectives about careers in the trades and attendees will gain knowledge about how to pursue jobs in the growing green economy.

This online series intends to inform, prepare, and encourage people who may be interested in having a career in the trades such as electrical, plumbing, electric vehicle infrastructure, and renewable energy. Speakers will discuss the importance of recognizing opportunities in the trades and how to pursue the pre-requisite education, finding employment, and the soft skills needed to climb the ladder in the trades. The speakers will share invaluable information about their own occupational journeys and what they learned about themselves in the pursuit of their career goals.

The series is co-hosted by Michael Jackson and Drew Johnstone with the City of Santa Monica. Michael Jackson is the Community Services Program Coordinator in the City of Santa Monica’s Housing and Human Services Division. Michael is responsible for coordinating the City’s Trades Intern Program. Drew Johnstone is a Senior Sustainability Analyst in the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment and leads the City’s green building policies and programs.

The series will be presented via Zoom on Wednesdays, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. starting on Wednesday, July 7th. To join the Zoom meetings, visit https://bit.ly/363xfvt (Meeting ID: 944 8747 4542, Passcode: PCh9kT). The series will be recorded and made available via santamonica.gov/hirelocal.
Calling All Trades Event Line Up:

July 7, 2021, 1 p.m. – Mike Suhd, Introduction to the Trades, Santa Monica City Trades Intern Program
July 14, 2021, 1 p.m. – Shane Peters, Plumbing, Santa Monica Building & Safety Division
July 21, 2021, 1 p.m. – Daniel Ferguson & Estelle Reyes, Green Jobs in Los Angeles
July 28 2021, 1 p.m. – King Moore, Electrical, IBEW Local 11
August 4, 2021, 1 p.m. – TBD
August 11, 2021, 1 p.m. – Rick Austin, Logistics, Amazon
August 18, 2021, 1 p.m. – Stuart Cooley, Renewable Energy Educator
August 25, 2021, 1 p.m. – TBD

This work builds on Santa Monica’s community-wide economic recovery efforts focused on supporting vulnerable populations, advancing local business and neighborhood vitality, promoting safe indoor and outdoor spaces, and implementing a robust communications and engagement effort. Past efforts wide range of activities including:

Over $2.8 million in rental assistance to 640 Santa Monica families to keep residents in their homes and connecting an additional 300 Santa Monica families with up to $10,000 in rent relief funded by state and county programs.

Development of community resources in English and Spanish to support Santa Monicans with finding employment including local training and search services for job seekers, an active “Local Hire” jobs board that has posted over 150 Santa Monica jobs, an Entrepreneur Series that addressed topics like starting a business, product ideation, business plans, and more, and a Calling All Chefs series that focused on bringing together local chefs and restaurant owners to share their entrepreneurial journey with aspiring chefs.

This event series is presented by Virginia Avenue Park and Community Development Committee of the City of Santa Monica – Economic Recovery Task Force. For more information on event series, visit santamonica.gov/hirelocal.


Submitted by Constance Farrell, Public Information Officer