Language barrier

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaIn landscape and related businesses, Hispanic workers often knowvery little English while their employers speak little or noSpanish. Training the workers can be, at best, awkward. Aworkshop May 14-15 in Atlanta, though, offers hope for speedyimprovement.The Hispanic Green Industry Workers Workshop, at the EmbassySuites Hotel on Crown Pointe Parkway, will provide keyinformation in Spanish and English for workers and employers.The first day, which starts with 8 a.m. registration, has twotracks that will merge in the final hour for a group discussion.During the day, English-language sessions for employers coverimmigration laws; recruiting, training and retaining Hispanicworkers; health and safety challenges; and learning about theHispanic culture.Sessions in Spanish cover safely handling and applyingpesticides, basic arboriculture, learning about the Angloculture, working in the United States, and safety and healthrights as an employee.The second day will offer three and a half hours of fielddemonstrations on pruning, safety, knots, tree climbing, aerialrescue and equipment.The fee for the workshop is $35 in advance or $45 at theworkshop. Send checks payable to Big Trees Forest Preserve toRose Lewis, Extension Service, North Fulton Government Annex,7741 Roswell Rd., Room 202, Atlanta, GA 30350.To learn more, call Iris Magaly Zayas at (404) 347-1650. Ore-mail her at [email protected]last_img

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