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.
Kermit the Frog once declared "It's not easy being green." The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has partnered with Purdue University Technical Assistance Program (TAP) on a Green Manufacturing Specialist Certificate Program. They are making it easier for manufacturing professionals to become green workers — one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. workforce.
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.
Over 300 Schools Join AACC Initiative to Create More Competitive Workforce
The competency model framework for Advanced Manufacturing was developed through a collaborative effort involving the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and leading industry organizations.
With jobs in the country’s emerging clean energy sector growing more than twice as fast as jobs overall, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) have joined forces on a two-year project that will spur green jobs education, innovation and training at community colleges in the United States.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) published the "Energy Efficiency Services Sector: Workforce Education and Training Needs”. The report examines the workforce needs of the energy efficiency services sector, and finds that the speed with which employment will grow will depend in part on how effectively the nation deploys training and education programs for the energy efficiency workforce. Berkeley Lab researchers decided to examine whether education and training programs were adequate to meet the workforce needs of the next ten years. The study began in 2008, before the passage of the Recovery Act. The report defines an energy efficiency services sector (EESS) that consists of several distinct types of occupations. They include: * Program administrators who plan and manage energy efficiency projects and programs; * Energy efficiency consulting firms who assess facility energy use and recommend efficiency retrofits, implement energy efficiency programs, or who design homes and facilities to be energy-efficient; * Construction and installation firms and tradespeople who build new, or retrofit existing homes and buildings for energy efficiency; and Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) who develop and construct comprehensive energy efficiency projects, and monitor and verify that energy efficiency retrofits deliver energy savings. The report was funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, and Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Permitting, Siting and Analysis.
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.
This video was originally posted on the Apprenticeship Community of Practice (http://21stcenturyapprenticeship.workforce3one.org).
The New Orleans green-collar training program is an example of both the need and opportunity to train American workers for the myriad jobs that the Apollo Alliance and many labor economists anticipate in the new clean energy economy. This article was published in January 2009.
The Center for American progress has released a new resource entitled “New York City Green Collar Jobs Roadmap.” The Roadmap is a product of the Green Collar Jobs Roundtable, which was convened by Urban Agenda. The Roundtable was a participatory effort of over 170 job-training organizations, community-based programs, businesses, and labor unions that compiled data on green jobs and workforce development best practices while developing more than 30 recommendations for achieving the shared vision of a more sustainable, prosperous, and just New York City. The Roadmap includes recommendations related to green economic development, talent engagement and development, job creation, employer engagement, and partner collaboration.
The Building Construction Technology (BCT) Program at Greenville is one of only two programs in South Carolina. Began initially as a carpentry program in the 1970’s,it has developed to include all aspects of the construction industry. In addition to working with local industry representatives to develop relevant curriculum, the program partners with Habitat for Humanity to offer students the opportunity to gain hands on experience. The program actively recruits dual credit high school students and women.
Initially designed to attract new industry to the area, Greenville Technical College‘s Machine Tool Technology Training program, now provides students and incumbent workers with the skills required to obtain and retain jobs in the changing manufacturing industry. A number of industry representatives have been instrumental in revamping the training and in providing hands-on work experience through the sponsorship of seven apprenticeship programs. The result has been a new cadre of workers with the skills necessary to replace those who are retiring. Currently, nearly every program graduate is able to obtain training related work. The college is also designing a new course to be offered to displace workers and is actively recruiting high school students to the program.
The Wallace State agriculture/horticulture program is among the largest community college programs in Alabama and operates the largest two-year college facility. It is the only nursery with an agreement with the Forestry Commission to provide seedlings for forestry agency education programs. Wallace State currently provides 240,000 seedlings for use around the state of Alabama. The Wallace State Agricultural Production/Horticulture program began in 1972, and the forestry portion of the program got its start in 1997 as the Jack Hopper Experimental Nursery. The certificate program is four semesters in duration. Students learn skills in greenhouse and nursery operations, landscaping and the principles of agriculture. The program also allows students to gain hands-on experience, even packaging trees for shipping. They tend the seedlings while learning lessons in irrigation, fertilization, and nursery management, and have the opportunity observe the forestry process from beginning to end.
Opened in August 2006, Bowling Green Technical College’s Transpark Center provides customized workforce training and specialized services to meet the needs of tenants, and existing and expanding area businesses. The Center was developed as part of an economic incentive package designed to recruit industry to the region, and Center is designed to function as a self-sustaining facility and specializes in industry training and apprenticeship programs In addition to the certificate and degree programs, customized training, available on site or on one of the four Bowling Green campuses is offered. The college has provided needed additional staff and worked with the center staff to insure that the collegial approach to leaning is blended into the industrial training model. Completion of the Transpark resulted in a number of national and international firms moving to the region. The Transpark is expected to bring over 2,500 jobs to the area by 2010.
This article describes summer camps offered to teachers to expose teachers to scientific challenges that many classroom settings cannot provide. Recognizing this exposure as beneficial to both teachers and students, several programs are targeting educators with the goal of enhancing instructional methods in the classroom in order to increase student achievement in the STEM fields. The article describes two university-based, professional development programs for science teachers in Kansas and Ohio. To hear a recorded Webinar re “STEM and the Workforce Investment System” go to http://www.workforce3one.org/view/3428/info
This is a link to presentations from a workshop given at the "Good Jobs, Green Jobs" National Conference in Washington, DC, in February 2009. Building a green country requires building a skilled workforce. What does that look like in practice? Developing skills standards for green-collar jobs will benefit workers, employers and consumers alike. For workers, a credential provides mobility and bargaining power, and thus higher wages, in the labor market. For employers, it provides assurance that job applicants meet necessary skill standards. And for consumers, it provides critical information for contracting decisions. This panel addresses successes and challenges for certification and training in the emerging clean-energy economy, where most workers will need more than a high-school diploma, but less than a 4-year degree. Moderator: Sarah White, Senior Associate, Center on Wisconsin Strategy Speakers: Marcy Drummond, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Los Angeles Trade-Tech College (LATTC) Alan Hardcastle, Senior Research Associate, Washington State University Tom Gannon, Manfucturing Field Specialist, Working for America Institute Jane Weissman, Executive Director, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (NY)
The heating, ventilation air-conditioning, and refrigeration industry is expected to experience a shortage of skilled labor in the coming years, as many baby boomers retire. In an effort to stem this trend, Johnson Controls launched CareerConnect, an innovative program that teamed educational institutions across the U.S. to help identify, develop, and recruit the next generation of HVAC/R technicians and mechanics. As a program partner, Greenville Technical College (GTC) provides participating students with high quality instruction, real world experience with high technology, and connections to local industry leaders that may result in employment. The program offers Certificate/Diploma and Associate Degree courses in HVAC/R technology and is structured so that the company plays a critical role in the identification, development and recruitment of the next generation of trained professionals.