On March 17, 2011, The Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy released the California Workforce, Education, and Training Needs Assessment for Energy Efficiency, Distributed Generation and Demand Response. The study was mandated in the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic plan to provide recommendations to the CPUC and other agencies on the workforce strategies needed to achieve the state’s ambitious energy efficiency goals.
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 report provides a baseline assessment of the current state of energy efficiency-related education and training programs and analyzes training and education needs to support expected growth in the energy efficiency services workforce. In the last year, there has been a significant increase in funding for “green job” training and workforce development (including energy efficiency), through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Key segments of the energy efficiency services sector (EESS) have experienced significant growth during the past several years, and this growth is projected to continue and accelerate over the next decade.
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.
Download the entire video transcript of Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Labor, requesting input from key stakeholders including the workforce system, employers, community and technical colleges, federal agencies, and other interested parties who would like to share feedback about future investments in green sectors and occupations.
This reports provides information to enable efficient and equitable hiring of people with criminal records using Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds. Published by the National Employment Law Project, with help from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and PolicyLink, the document serves as an easy-to-use resource for agencies that oversee WAP programs, contractors, and education and training providers. Expanding Opportunity is also a resource for community organizations and advocates working to promote fair opportunities for people with criminal records within the emerging green sector.
In 2009 and 2010, ATEEC facilitated a series of seven regional Energy Conversations. The primary purpose of the conversations was to obtain a snapshot view of existing and upcoming energy jobs and to determine which jobs are currently needed in different regions of the country, including the Mid-Atlantic, North Central, Northwest, South Central, Southeast, Southwest, and West. The resulting report on these Energy Conversations is intended to provide a preliminary labor market analysis and needs assessment. This information allows educational organizations to most effectively target regional energy industry requirements and to provide both short-and long-term education and training for the energy technicians of the 21st century workforce.
Vehicle technology experts from DOE's Clean Cities initiative will host the Electric Vehicle Quarterly Discussion Webinar on Tuesday, June 14, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will focus on permitting for electric vehicle infrastructure and training for installers. Featured speakers: •Mike Simpson: National Renewable Energy Laboratory •Bernie Kotlier: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program Preparing communities for the widespread use of electric vehicles involves more than just installing infrastructure. Creating permitting processes that enable easy installation of residential chargers, along with providing training for local electricians, will help your city ensure it is getting EV-ready. On the webinar, Mike Simpson will discuss the Model National Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) permit, a template that cities can use to increase the efficiency of their electrical permitting processes. Bernie Kotlier will describe the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program and how communities can work with them to support local green jobs. Audio for the webinar will be available by phone. Please dial 888-324-8502 and use passcode 3354331. To join the online portion, the webinar, log in at the host website. The conference number is PW5291869 and the passcode is 3354331.
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.
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights launched the Making Green Work: Best Practices in Green-Collar Job Training toolkit. The toolkit is a product of both the Ella Baker Center and the Oakland Apollo Alliance. Features: - Organization’s definition of a green collar job - Best practices for green jobs training programs - Case studies from California-based green jobs training programs - Resource section
U.S. Department of Energy announced a total of 54 smart grid workforce training programs. - 33 projects have been selected to receive $41.6 million in Recovery Act funds for the development of new training programs, strategies and curricula related to the electric power sector and the smart grid. - 21 projects have been selected to receive $57.7 million in Recovery Act funds to conduct workforce training programs for new hires.
The Fact Sheet new vehicle technology jobs and how the Department of Energy is supporting vehicle manufacturing jobs.
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.
GETS is a program that provides free technical training for jobs in energy efficiency and green building industries to displaced construction workers and adults with employment barriers. The GETS program was developed and is implemented by Rising Sun Energy Center, a Berkeley-based 501(c)3 non-profit that began in 1994 as a renewable energy education center. Rising Sun has since evolved into a leading green workforce development and retrofit services organization, partnering with the RichmondBUILD Green Jobs Training Academy to recruit and train area residents for careers in building performance.
Green jobs are "the future," but much of the work involves occupations that have been around for some time, a panel of experts said yesterday. Speaking to a crowd of hundreds at the second Massachusetts Green Career Conference, author and Northeastern professor Joan Fitzgerald pointed to jobs in plumbing, electrical and carpentry.
Renewable Energy World's Managing Editor, Jennifer Runyon, digs deep in her overview of clean energy training, not only in the U.S., but globally–what’s out there and what to look for. Bottom line: it helps to know what you want to do.
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) awarded five Innovation Awards and six Special Recognition Awards at its 2010 Annual Meeting.
As more and more wind turbines are erected across the open plains, farmlands, and mountain ridges of the United States, the need for ironworkers with specialized construction skills has naturally grown, says the Iron Workers International Union. Ask anyone knowledgeable about wind energy, and you'll quickly learn that the latest "green" technology - despite a recent surge in public interest - is nothing new to union ironworkers.
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of a new online toolkit to guide employers through the process for hiring veterans. The free toolkit is designed to assist and educate employers who have made the proactive decision to include veterans and wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives. "Many employers have told us that they are interested in developing or enhancing a veterans hiring initiative for their company, but that they don't know where to begin," said Ray Jefferson, assistant secretary for the department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service. "This toolkit was created with these employers in mind. It's designed to simplify the process and put valuable, vetted resources at the employer's fingertips."
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) today held the first Greenforce Initiative summit, hosted at South Texas College. As the state's unemployment rate hovers around 8.4 percent, the summit is a critical part of the economic solution to spur green jobs education, innovation and training at Texas community colleges. The summit is organized in collaboration with partners from South Texas, Houston, Lone Star, Laredo and Alamo Colleges.
The defeat of California's Proposition 23, a measure that would have suspended the state's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act, can be attributed in large part to Tom Steyer, a hedge fund manager who donated $10 million to the No On 23 campaign. Now Steyer has extended his commitment to clean energy with a $250,000 donation to the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP), a collaboration of statewide utilities, UC Davis, the community college system, and electrical labor and management unions.
Energy Upgrade California is a mega-partnership between groups that don’t always play nice: The California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, investor-owned utilities, publicly owned utilities, cities, counties and nonprofits. It will use federal stimulus funds to green up existing homes and buildings while also putting green into local economies. Homeowners will have access to rebates, incentives, money-saving energy improvements and participating contractors, who receive training and certification as part of the program.
Next week, the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), America’s premier energy event, will host the results presentation of the Association of Energy Engineers’ (AEE) survey on Green Jobs and Energy Industry Market Trends. Thomas Friedman will be keynoting this event.
The County of Humboldt, in partnership with College of the Redwoods and the California Conservation Corps, will provide free training and hands-on experience in the green building profession for young adults between 18-24 years old starting Jan. 24, 2011 for 13 weeks.
etroit Green Works Solutions has transformed a 6,400-square-foot building located at 2715 Bagley into a job training center. Formerly the headquarters of Disenos Iron Works (which relocated elsewhere in Southwest Detroit) and the Bagley Housing Association (now part of Southwest Housing Solutions), it now houses a classroom, computer lab, displays, a hands-on workspace and offices for the program's six staffers.
Arizona Public Service Co. is providing $180,000 to Friendly House in Phoenix to jump start green jobs training. The green jobs grant will focus on five areas: solar photovoltaic installations, solar thermal installation, manufacturing, weatherization and energy efficiency audits.
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.
Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed are joining forces with YouthBuild USA to support its green education and job-training program for low-income youth. At a national kick-off event today in Philadelphia, Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed announced they are providing a three-year, $550,000 grant to support YouthBuild USA and its Green Initiative program.
If Solar San Antonio's experience is any indicator, the transition to a green economy is going to be a bumpy ride.
Six Oklahoma work force training programs will share $3 million in federal stimulus money to train people for jobs in green industries.