Green For All convened a diverse group of training providers to share knowledge regarding the common questions about services, partnerships, curriculum, certifications, links to employers, funding and measuring results. The report is a compilation of best practices and resources that make effective workforce development projects in green jobs.
FSCJ environmental program has created possibilities for new careers In 2007 Danny Cummings moved back to Jacksonville, his native city, to help care for his ailing his parents. He had spent two decades plus in the Marines and was working as a Ruby Tuesdays regional manager in Atlanta when he made the move. Back on the First Coast, though, he struggled. “To be honest with you, there weren’t a lot of good-paying jobs,” he said. Cummings, 48, bounced from one temporary job to the next. Each change chipped away at his confidence. Then in 2009, through a job-placement agency, he heard about a new program at Florida State College at Jacksonville offering free training for people interested in environmental work. He applied for a slot in the eight-week course and was accepted. “I was just blown away with the passion,” he said. “The passion for helping veterans, for helping anybody.” Cummings completed the course and landed a job helping clean up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This summer, the 11th and 12th classes are under way with 32 total students. They are broken into two groups: one of military veterans, one of non-military citizens. The program is funded through a two-year, $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project, it targets military veterans. But anyone who is from Duval County and unemployed or under-employed, or working less than 20 hours a week, can apply. Applicants go through a formal interview process, drug screening, background check and must pass an adult basic education test. Pamela Scherer, the program’s general manager, said she and her staff focus on choosing applicants who show a genuine desire to work. Most students are in their 40s.
One of the biggest challenges in today's world is figuring out how to connect people to jobs. According to reports at the recently held Clinton Global Initiative America, there are 3 million jobs in the country going unfilled. Despite these vacancies there are so many people who need jobs and can’t find them. While there's probably not a universal solution to this problem, today I am happy to write about what I believe to be at least one positive development for young Americans.
This brief highlights leadership by three community colleges in "greening" their operations, curricula, and communities, while simultaneously addressing local and regional employment and environmental needs. The emerging and expanding green economy has the potential to create not just jobs, but career opportunities across the United States as green manufacturing, products, and services fuel demand for workers at all skill levels. Community colleges are leading the way in defining and addressing these opportunities, developing programs in expanding fields from solar energy to green construction; creating new and better training programs for green jobs; and developing educational pathways that lead to the Associate's and Bachelor's degrees that are key for advancing in these emerging careers. The continuing recession and the prospect of longer-term changes in local economies provide opportunities for all community colleges to demonstrate their value by helping businesses and individuals adjust to challenging economic environments and increase their resilience and chances of prospering.
In 2011, Green For All will extend the focus of the Green Pathways Out of Poverty Community of Practice to include issues facing at-risk and disconnected youth. As the country's green economy grows, there are also growing opportunities for the next generation. The 2011 Youth Employment and Leadership Ladders (YELL) working group will identify opportunities for career pathways and pathways out of poverty for at-risk or disconnected youth.
The Report is compiled by UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative in collaboration with economists and experts worldwide. It demonstrates that the greening of economies is not generally a drag on growth but rather a new engine of growth; that it is a net generator of decent jobs, and that it is also a vital strategy for the elimination of persistent poverty. The report also seeks to motivate policy makers to create the enabling conditions for increased investments in a transition to a green economy
The report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on “Promoting Decent Work in a Green Economy,” which is comparatively short, appears to provide a number of country examples, addresses various sectors, and other timely issues such as OHS and green jobs and green jobs and women workers.
Victor Nazario is a New York City building superintendent who graduated from the 32BJ Training Fund’s 1,000 Green Supers program. Click here to learn about Victor’s path to a green job.
The 32BJ Thomas Shortman Training Fund is training building superintendents in New York City to operate and maintain their buildings in the most energy efficient way possible. Click here to learn more about this program, and how their labor-management partnership is helping upskill an entire industry for a green 21st century.
In September, OVAE funded a project designed to help states and local programs integrate green concepts into the career cluster standards and to identify new green occupations.
National Clean Fuels President and CEO Maurice Stone will be on hand in Virginia Beach, Va., to help introduce a cooperative effort between the National Black Chamber of Commerce and Sustainable Training Solutions to prepare minority contractors for green job opportunities.
“Women Working in Environmental Protection” teleconference provided an overview of the industry today, including information on the workforce, career opportunities and pathways, and the future potential of the industry.
On Monday and Tuesday, September 20-21, the Department of Education held the national Sustainability Education Summit: Citizenship and Pathways for a Green Economy at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. Approximately 300 participants spent two days discussing ideas and proposals for a national agenda to advance a sustainable economy through education. Participants came from federal agencies, higher education, career and technical education, community colleges, K-12 education, business, and environmental organizations.
An American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Energy Training Partnership grant recipient, Montana Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, is using its grant to targets current craft workers in need of skill upgrades. The success of the grant project to date was the ability to submit a grant proposal that included ten different Joint Apprenticeship & Training Councils (JATCs) from across the state.
Center of Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) follow-up report to their Greener Pathways report. The report highlights some of the green programs, skills, and credentials available today. It focuses on the prominent certifications in renewable energy and energy efficiency.