U.S. Department of Labor Announces US $500M For Green Job Training

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced five grant competitions this week, totaling US $500 million, to fund projects that prepare workers for green jobs in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

“Emerging green jobs are creating opportunities for workers to enter careers that offer good wages and pathways to long term job growth and prosperity,” Secretary Solis said. “Workers receiving training through projects funded by these competitions will be at the forefront as our nation transforms the way we generate electricity, manufacture products and do business across a wide range of industries.”

Four of the competitions are designed to serve workers in need of training through various national, state and community outlets. These include Energy Training Partnership Grants, Pathways Out of Poverty Grants, State Energy Sector Partnership and Green Capacity Building Grants.

The fifth competition, for State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants, will fund state workforce agencies that will collect, analyze and disseminate labor market information and develop labor exchange infrastructure to direct individuals to careers in green industries.

Grants awarded through this competition will be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).

A notice of these grant solicitations is available from the Department of Labor.

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