Workforce development is a sector across all industries that contributes to America’s economic superpower to create jobs rapidly.
In an effort to maintain that reputation, the U.S. Department of Labor has officially approved Black-led tech startup ChargerHelp! — the first and only on-demand repair app for electric vehicle charging stations founded by LA natives Kameale C. Terry and Evette Ellis — for an O-NET Code.
According to a press release, this code is the official identification for occupational information used by students, job seekers, and businesses. Thus, ChargerHelp! now has the ability to create more job opportunities for certified technicians.
“The validation and value the U.S. Department of Labor’s O-net code brings to any industry and workforce development is extremely vital,” said Ellis — co-founder and Chief Workforce Officer — in a statement. “We are honored to have lead the way and laid the foundation for our technicians to be nationally recognized by name and pay.”
The company’s business model — which offers training and curriculum for technicians — aligns along with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Career Pathways.
By approving this code, ChargerHelp! is now further ushering itself into the industry as a nationally-recognized leader in workforce development.
A press release shares that this new inclusion paves the way for certificated Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE) technicians to increase their earning potential as the average wage for this career pathway starts at $39.80/hour or $82,780 annually.
Co-founder Ellis holds a background in workforce development with prior experience as a career coach at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) which has aided in the advancement of trained technicians.
In regards to the startup’s credentials, Daniel Ferguson — who works alongside Ellis as the Director of Workforce Development at LACI — said “Nationally recognizing EVSE Technicians on a credible and trusted tool like ONET is about more than acknowledging an occupation; it’s a huge step toward upward mobility and equity.”
He concluded his statement by saying: “ChargerHelp! should be recognized and celebrated for their role in validating the contribution that EVSE Technicians will have toward the advancement of zero-emission vehicle adoption.”
Co-founder and CEO, Kameale C. Terry echoed Ferguson’s sentiments, stating that she’s most excited to see the impact this new move will have on the current climate and economy.
“I am proud of the work our Chief Workforce Officer, Evette Ellis did to get this approved,” she said. “At ChargerHelp! we believe in creating an equitable green economy for everyone. This code is merely the beginning of the ways we plan to contribute to building that economy.”
For more information about ChargerHelp!, visit its website.