New Jersey American Water launches Water UP! training program for the next generation of water utility workers

Created in partnership with Hopeworks, Jingoli Construction and APEX Solutions Group.

New Jersey American Water on Friday announced the launch of its new Water UP! – Water Utility Pipeline – training program.

Created in partnership with Hopeworks, Jingoli Construction and APEX Solutions Group, the paid, 11-week program offers water utility and other essential business training to equip young adults with the skills needed to successfully enter the industry upon graduation.

Water UP! aims to help participants pave their career path in the water utility industry by exposing them to a multitude of skill sets including STEM lessons, customer service training, and the OSHA 30 certification.

“It’s important for the sustainability of our company and the water utility industry to invest not only in our technology and infrastructure, but also the talent behind it,” said Mark McDonough, president, New Jersey American Water. “This is why we created Water UP! We hope this new program will inspire a new generation of qualified and diverse water utility workers.”

Water UP!’s pilot class features young adults from Camden, selected by Hopeworks through an application process. Over the length of the program, the group will experience hands-on field training facilitated by New Jersey American Water and classroom-based lessons administered by Jingoli and APEX Solutions Group. Upon completion of the Water UP! program, participants will be uniquely qualified for open roles within New Jersey American Water, as well as roles with American Water and its utility industry partners.

“We have a longstanding partnership with New Jersey American Water and its GIS program, so we are thrilled to help facilitate training for additional professions within the water utility field,” said Dan Rhoton, executive director, Hopeworks. “Water UP! will help us extend these opportunities to even more young adults in the Camden community.”