Discussion Opportunity: Green Jobs

Posted by Thao Nelson - On December 10, 2010 (EST)

The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act) was intended to preserve and create jobs, promote the nation’s economic recovery, and assist those most impacted by the recession.  The Recovery Act provided $500 million for a program of competitive grants that prepare workers for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors.  Those awards were made to 189 grants across the country for green job training and research projects that support a number of green job activities including: job training and placement services; identifying and providing successful career pathways for workers including those currently living in poverty; capacity building for organizations providing job training; the collection, analysis, and dissemination of labor market information; and funds for State Workforce Investment Boards to develop sector strategies that align with the Governor’s overall workforce vision.  Promising practices are beginning to emerge across these grants, and the work of these grantees will inform the Department’s future investments in green.

The Employment and Training Administration (DOL/ETA) would like to hear 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.  Over the coming months, ETA will be developing a $40 million grant competition for the Green Jobs Innovation Fund (GJIF), as well as additional grant competitions focused on specific economic sectors and career pathways.  GJIF and other grants programs will provide resources to train workers in green jobs and other sectors, address the ongoing and changing demands of employers, and facilitate pathways to middle class careers for all members of society.  In addition, the grants will focus on underrepresented and disadvantaged populations and the attainment of credentials.

To gather feedback and ideas on gaps in existing green jobs training, ETA is posing a series of questions through its Green Jobs Community of Practice.  ETA is requesting your ideas and input on these questions via the comment section.

   1. What are the green skills that got people directly into jobs?
   2. Are there some skills that lead to better jobs than others?
   3. Are there green skills in demand or in over supply?
   4. What are some key trends in green workforce development that ETA should be aware of?
   5. What are some valuable lessons’ learned about green jobs and the future of green jobs?
   6. What are some of the barriers to green employers and credentials?
   7. Anything else about green workforce development you believe it’s important to share with ETA?

Comments were received until November 26, 2010 and can be viewed by clicking on this link.   We thank you for  your insights and look forward to your participation as we work together to continue the development of America’s green workforce.

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