This is from the O*NET Plenary Session: Greening the World of Work. Dave Rivkin and Phil Lewis from the O*NET Center presented the information.
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 Apollo Alliance and the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce have teamed up to identify components of Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin's workforce development infrastructure that can be better integrated and scaled up to help fill jobs in the clean energy sector. The reports, Mapping Green Career Pathways: Job Training Opportunities and Infrastructure, recommend strengthening existing training infrastructures to build workers’ skills to fill green-collar jobs that are being created in the construction and manufacturing sectors, which are projected to account for 55 percent of all new jobs in the emerging renewable energy and efficiency industries. According to the reports, many of the elements of a green training infrastructure already exist in each state, but there are still gaps along the green career pathway that must be filled through stronger, more integrated training programs.
This video was originally posted on the Apprenticeship Community of Practice (http://21stcenturyapprenticeship.workforce3one.org).
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.
Edison International has invested another $1 million in its innovative Green Jobs Education Initiative for green education and job training at California community colleges. The company has provided a total of $2 million for the program within the last 12 months.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics'Green Career Information staff within the Employment Projections program produces career information on green jobs, and just released "Careers in Green Construction". The document provides information on wages, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, working conditions, and necessary education, training, and credentials. As the document notes, "Buildings constructed today are very different from those built 100 years ago. As interest in protecting the environment grows, "green," or sustainable, buildings have become more commonplace. At first glance, these buildings might not appear very different from their predecessors, but they feature specialized designs and materials to limit their environmental impact." The document provides a wealth of information and would be of interest to all workforce development professionals as they assist job seekers.
The Corps Network has released a new publication that illustrates how to prepare young people for jobs, postsecondary education, and careers in a growing green economy titled, A Green Career Pathways Framework: Postsecondary and Employment Success for Low-Income, Disconnected Youth. The paper explores the extent to which this emerging green economy can offer a pathway out of poverty for low-income young people, many of whom have disengaged from school and are struggling to find a way into the economic mainstream.