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:
Create an integrated system
of education, training and supportive services that promotes skill
attainment and career pathway development for low-income, low- skilled
workers leading to employment in green industries.
Support states in implementing
a statewide energy sector strategy including governors' overall workforce
visions, state energy policies and training activities that lead to
employment in targeted industry sectors.
Build and strengthen
partnerships dedicated to building a skilled clean energy workforce.
Develop new partnerships with
other agencies receiving Recovery Act funds to support strategic planning
and implementation efforts.
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
The Green Jobs collection serves as a resource for workforce professionals and green job thought leaders to discuss and share promising practices to create partnerships for Green Job Workforce Solutions and leverage Recovery Act investments.