Through ERI’s training program, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will earn certification in “Basic Production Principles.” | Damrong Rattanapong/Shutterstock

ERI is collaborating with several other organizations to bring a training program for e-scrap recycling to its Indiana facility. 

Working with the Vocational Training and Empowerment Center (VTEC), Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be able to attend the program at ERI’s Plainfield, Ind. location and gain an Ivy Tech certification in “Basic Production Principles.”

To support the program, which began in October, ERI created a classroom and a skills lab in its facility. A press release noted that the training uses “course materials and hands-on skills labs for students to develop technical and professional skills needed for success in the electronics recycling industry.” 

John Shegerian, ERI CEO, said in the press release that the program “aligns perfectly with our commitment to sustainability and ongoing dedication to developing a diverse and inclusive workforce.” 

“With this program we are not only recycling electronics and keeping toxic e-waste out of landfills, but we are also providing career opportunities in a sustainable industry for people who are differently abled,” he added. 

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