On January 13, 2010, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced nearly $150 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The "Pathways Out of Poverty" grants — as the group of funding awards is known — will support programs that help disadvantaged populations find ways out of poverty and into economic self-sufficiency through employment in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.
Through the Pathways Out of Poverty Grants being administered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, 38 projects ranging from approximately $2 to $8 million, will target populations to receive recruitment and referral services; basic skills, work-readiness and occupational skills training; supportive services to help overcome barriers to employment; and other services at times and locations that are easily accessible.
These grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative — totaling $500 million — to fund workforce development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. The Department of Labor expects to release funding for two remaining green grant award categories over the next several weeks.
Click the link for more information regarding the Pathways Out of Poverty Training Grants including a list of grant recipients and descriptions of grants awarded.
Last August, ETA hosted a Webinar titled: Weatherization 101: All You Ever Wanted to Know about the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). More than a 500 people attended the Webinar that featured the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program as well as technical training aspects of weatherization including the process, types of tools, job types and training. Here is a five-minute podcast featuring highlights from that Webinar. If you would like to see the Webinar again or view the slides, please visit:
Green Capacity Building Grants, totaling $5.8 million, will increase the training capacity of 62 current Labor Department grant recipients through a variety of strategies, and will offer training opportunities to help individuals acquire jobs in expanding green industries. These grants will help serve underserved communities. Targeted communities include American Indians, women, at-risk youth and farm workers.
State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants, totaling $48.8 million, will support the collection and dissemination of labor market information, and will enhance the labor exchange infrastructure to provide career opportunities within clean energy industries. Grantees will be able to employ strategies that enable job seekers to connect with green job banks and help ensure that workers find employment after completing training. Thirty awards ranging from about $763,000 to $4 million were made to state workforce agencies to utilize data for workforce development strategies. Multiple state workforce agencies partnering as a consortium will use this program to gather information that is likely to have a regional, multi-state or national impact.
For more information, please see the press release and list of grantees or a description of grants.