Today’s employer advice is from Lionel Bradford, President of The Greening of Detroit.
Q: Tell us about your organization.
The Greening of Detroit (TGD) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization focused on enhancing the quality of life for Detroiters by planting trees, providing job training, and involving youth in the education of the natural environment, involving Detroiters in the process through community engagement, green spaces, education, and jobs. The Greening of Detroit has been planting trees in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park since 1989; it has provided workforce development in landscape and tree artisan certification for Detroiters with barriers to employment since 2014. The mission of the Greening of Detroit is Inspiring a sustainable growth of a healthy urban community through trees, green spaces, education, training, and job opportunities. Changing landscapes and lives.
Q: What advice would you give to people in midlife who want to transition to a green job?
It is never too late to transition to a new career. The green industry has multiple opportunities for those who want to take advantage. The notion of working in an industry that the end result is taking care of the environment, Mother Earth, is rewarding and fulfilling.
Q: What are the skills that you believe will be required most in the short-medium term in your industry?
The green industry is huge and there are a number of different jobs that require different industry related skills. In our industry, which is Landscaping and Tree Care, driving credentials are huge. A CDL is preferred. OSHA training is needed. Safety is always the number one concern. Interpersonal skills are a must. Dealing with a variety of different people, one should be able to communicate effectively, build relationships, and problem solve.