The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced nearly $100 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
The grants will support job training programs to help dislocated workers and others find jobs in expanding green industries and related occupations. Approximately $28 million of the total funds will support projects in communities impacted by auto industry restructuring.
Through the Energy Training Partnership Grants being administered by the DOL's Employment and Training Administration, 25 projects ranging from approximately $1.4 million to $5 million each will receive grants. These grants are built on strategic partnerships, which require labor and business to work together.
Training activities funded through this grant program will be individually tailored based on occupations and skills identified as in demand in local areas around the country. Training programs will seek to prepare workers for a range of careers, including wind and energy auditors, solar panel installers, hybrid/electric auto technicians and weatherization specialists.
Grant recipients are expected to work in conjunction with a diverse range of partners, including labor organizations, employers and workforce investment boards, according to the DOL.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor