CapMetro, Gii enter agreement for workforce development

Oct. 17, 2022
CapMetro and Gii, a non-profit organization that supports refugees and underserved communities, hope the agreement will fill jobs in central Texas, but support those looking for an opportunity to grow their career.

CapMetro and Global Impact Initiative (Gii), an Austin-based non-profit that provides education and workforce development programs to underserved communities, have entered into an agreement designed provide work opportunities to refugees and other marginalized populations in Central Texas.

Through Gii, refugees can complete an Entry Level Driver’s Training course to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License. Upon completion of this program, CapMetro will invite the trainees to apply for positions with CapMetro’s service providers. Starting rate will begin at $22 per hour. Employment is subject to the successful completion of the application and background check procedures.

Gii and CapMetro hope the agreement will not only fill full-time jobs in the Central Texas region, but also support those in our community who are looking for an opportunity to grow in their career.

“Agreements like this are important to CapMeto because we are here to serve our community and the people who live in it,” said CapMetro Interim President and CEO Dottie Watkins. “We value this partnership with the Global Impact Initiative and respect all the hard work they do day in and day out to support those who are underserved. There are several opportunities for career growth at CapMetro, and we believe this agreement will be crucial to helping vulnerable members of our community find secure long-term employment.”

The bullets below are stated in the agreement:

  • To meet the training needs, to aid in the securement of full-time employment, for refugees and underserved populations.
  • To increase the number of qualified commercial drivers within the region to develop a talent pipeline, to the benefit of marginalized populations.

“This is truly a win-win situation,” said Director of Gii’s CDL program Bob Ewigleben. “A win for refugees and members of other underserved communities seeking economic independence, and a win for transportation companies desperately in need of qualified commercial motor vehicle drivers.”

“Transitioning to full-time, substantial employment is one of the highest priorities for refugees adjusting to their new home,” said Gii Founder and Executive Director Anjum Malik. “Many refugees already have the skills and experience which will be useful to CapMetro and a help to the Austin region.”