The Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program (DOE-WAP) has posted a brand new, national curriculum for weatherization workers training. This is great news - DOE has now provided a consistent training baseline for Weatherization, nationwide!
Download the curricula at: http://www.waptac.org/sp.asp?mc=training_resources.
DOE-WAP provides a "Core Competency" description for all levels of weatherization worker. To become an installer or installer DOE provides a full training plan. Training modules, instructor lesson plans and suggested training schedules are downloadable.
The Department of Energy does not provide testing or certification for workers who take this training. To become certified, you will still need to take and pass an exam offered through one of several recognized, nationally accredited institutions, such as the Building Professionals Institute (BPI). (The WAP site also lists educational providers, training centers and a free downloadable software tool, "The Weatherization Audit Assistant" that you may want to look over. See: http://www.waptac.org/sp.asp?mc=techaids_audits
How can we learn about what green skills are new or in demand in economically important industries?
The Competency Model Clearinghouse (CMC) is an Employment and Training Administration (ETA) -sponsored website that provides information about and access to industry competency models. The fifteen models published on the Competency Model Clearinghouse contain many green competencies, demonstrating that these industries already see the value of encouraging green practices in their workers.
For example, the Residential Construction Competency Model currently includes a Green Building Practices section, reflecting the growing importance of weatherization, energy efficiency, and environmental protection. To view these competency models and other industry models containing green competencies, visit the Competency Model Clearinghouse at http://www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel/default.aspx.
Do you have resources describing new and emerging green skills or competencies? Submit them to this blog or use the share content feature here: http://greenjobs.workforce3one.org/page/resources.
On January 20, 2010, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced nearly $190 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The "State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants " — as the group of funding awards is known —are designed to teach workers the skills required in emerging industries, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. This set of green grants is the third awarded in as many weeks by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Through the State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants being administered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, 34 projects ranging from approximately $2 to $6 million, were made to state workforce investment boards in partnership with their state workforce agencies, local workforce investment boards or regional consortia of boards, and One-Stop Career Center delivery systems. Through the grant awards announced today, program participants will receive the technical and occupational skills necessary to obtain industry recognized credentials.
These grants are designed to achieve the following goals:
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 industries .
Click the link for more information regarding the State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants including a list of grant recipients and descriptions of grants awarded.
To view a video by Secretary Solis, visit http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/webcast/energysector/.
This is a blog written by Kerry L. Smyser, Redevelopment Project Manager for DCHA, Office of Planning & Development.
In March 2008 the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) was notified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that its application for a HOPE VI grant to revitalize the former public housing site, Sheridan Terrace (renamed Sheridan Station), located in Washington DC’s Ward 8 community, was accepted.
At the time of its application, DCHA stated the project would meet all of the Enterprise Green Community standards and would seek, if feasible, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. DCHA also committed to construct 344 units of which 229 will be affordable (rental and homeownership). As the project began seeking financing commitments, the credit market changed drastically and cast doubt on our ability to complete the project as originally intended – an energy efficient and green housing community. It was at this time that HUD announced a competitive process for constructing energy efficient and green sustainable projects. DCHA was confident that Sheridan Station was such a project and submitted an application. In September 2009 HUD awarded a $5.8 million grant for Sheridan Station Phase I (104 unit multi-family building and 10 single-family rental units).
DCHA is working with the community to establish a Community Benefits and Labor Agreement. The goal of all parties involved is to secure careers in construction, not just a job on this project, for former residents of Sheridan Terrace as well as residents of Ward 8. Currently, DCHA is working with the Brick & Allied Crafts Local Union 1 to provide weatherization and green training at their international training center in Bowie, MD.
Through its Community and Supportive Services Program (CSSP) provider, Wheeler Creek, DCHA works closely with the District of Columbia’s Department of Employment Services (DOES). The DOES provides job training, resume building and placement services for residents. DCHA is committed to providing 75 Section 3 positions in the HOPE VI application and expects to meet the goal.
Under the current system for hiring District residents at Sheridan Station, the developer notifies DCHA and Wheeler Creek a position is available. Wheeler Creek then contacts qualified former residents of Sheridan Station, (those qualified by previous job experience or training); if there are no qualified former residents then Wheeler Creek will look for qualified applicants in other HOPE VI projects. If Wheeler Creek can not find a qualified applicant, DCHA will then look through its pool of qualified residents and make a referral; if no referral is made from the DCHA pool the sub-contractor can then reach out to DOES.
Phase I of Sheridan Station is scheduled to break ground in April 2010. It is expected that all positions required by sub-contractors will be identified by the end of February 2010 and we can then begin to work with Wheeler Creek and the community to hire former residents and residents of Ward 8 to work on the project.
In subsequent blogs, we will hear from staff at the District of Columbia’s Department of Employment Services (DOES) and receive periodic updates on the efforts to “green” Sheridan Station and the interaction between the housing authority and employment services as they work together to recruit, train and place residents in good, sustainable jobs.