We’ve heard a lot about green jobs training from community colleges recently, and about certification programs based on the developing needs of distinct sectors of the green power industry. We’ve also brought you plenty about the U.S. Department of Energy‘s efforts to spur the green economy through grants for research development and loan guarantees. But now, it seems, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is getting in on the act with an announcement that it has created a Green Jobs Innovation Fund competition to support opportunities for workers to receive job training in green industry sectors and occupations.
Through this competitive grant program, the DOL will award approximately $40 million to support five to eight grantees with awards falling anywhere between $5 million to $8 million each. The goal? To enable training providers to develop programs incorporating green career pathways by forging links between registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, and/or integrating the delivery of technical and basic skills training through community-based partnerships.
Eligible applicants will include national and statewide organizations with local affiliates that have existing career training programs and benefit a minimum of six communities per grant. Interested parties are encouraged to view the online tutorial “Grant Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA Competitive Grants,” and to register to access grant applications online.
These grants are being offered in connection with the DOL’s vision of increasing the number of individuals completing training programs with industry-recognized credentials and headed towards green jobs. More information is available online.