The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded a $2.6 million grant to a group of Miami-area organizations to provide training to workers looking for careers in the emerging green construction industries. The three-year project will provide industry-recognized credentials in green construction and weatherization. After training, workers qualify for Laborer’s International Union of North America apprenticeship programs and living wage jobs that provide career growth opportunities.
The program will provide training for up to 40 individuals each year. Training will consist of two sessions per year for three years in the South Florida region.
The program recently graduated its first group of trainees. According to grant administrators, many of the graduates are getting jobs with local contractors renovating 83 houses in Magnolia North, Bunche Park and the Rainbow Park areas of south Florida. After those projects end, members of the first graduating class will move on to various other union construction jobs.
The $2.6 million awarded to the Miami team is part of a larger $5.5 million grant awarded by the Labor Department. The grant will also fund energy efficiency and green construction training in Cincinnati, New Orleans, New York City, Long Island, Newburgh, and Albany/Schenectady, New York.