The New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) is stepping up to help women and minorities pursue careers in the green economy – and improve energy efficiency in the state. The agency announced it will provide more than $60,000 to the Outsource Center in Buffalo, where 48 students will participate in a five-week, 130-hour job training program. Successful trainees will move on to six-week internships with licensed contractors to gain practical experience in the residential and commercial energy efficiency sector.
The training covers two curricula: basic construction and energy assessment. The basic construction portion includes OSHA adherence, asbestos removal, lead abatement, mold abatement, first aid/CPR, tool identification, framing, dry wall, plumbing and painting/flooring. The energy assessment curriculum includes reducing energy consumption, application of weather stripping, window installation and replacement, insulating pipes and hot water heaters, duct work, air sealing and blower door testing.
The training will help provide a workforce to perform energy audits and retrofits under New York’s low-interest loan program for home energy efficiency upgrades. “Green technology is the future, and we want to prepare people for jobs that are coming as opposed to jobs of the past,” said Dorian Gaskin, executive director of the OutSource Center. “We’re grateful for the opportunity NYSERDA has given us because it enables us to introduce people to new technology in the building trade.”
NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation offering analysis, program design services and technical expertise toward building a skilled workforce for green jobs in New York since 1975. NYSERDA is primarily funded by New York state rate payers through a system benefits charge allocated towards energy efficiency programs, research and development initiatives, low-income energy programs and environmental disclosure activities.