US Department of Labor announces nearly $190 million in State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants

Posted by Aparna Darisipudi - On January 20, 2010 (EST)

 

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 " β€” as the group of funding awards is known β€”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 β€” totaling $500 million β€” 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/.




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