MassCEC Launches Clean Energy Job Training Initiative for Women
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton today announced the launch of MassCEC’s Successful Women in Clean Energy initiative to help low and moderate-income female workers build careers in the clean energy industry.
“The Patrick Administration has been committed to providing clear paths to career success for women,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett. “By investing in women and enabling them to join the clean energy workforce, we are strengthening the industry as a whole.”
The initiative, which is part of MassCEC’s Pathways Out of Poverty program, will provide funding for a job training program to help up to 12 low- and moderate-income women earners build sales careers in the clean energy industry. Women ages 24 and older are eligible for the program, which will train workers in career readiness, financial literacy and work preparedness. Upon completion of the training program participants will be placed in a six month clean energy fellowship at a clean energy company.
“This program will help women prepare for thriving careers in the clean energy sector, which is booming at 47 percent growth since 2010,” said Barton.
According to the 2014 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, only 26.2 percent of the new clean energy hires over the last year were women, compared to 51.3 percent of women in the Massachusetts workforce.
The Successful Women in Clean Energy initiative is part of the Pathways Out of Poverty program, which was created when the Green Jobs Act was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick in November 2009. Pathways Out of Poverty provides funding for green collar job training offered by clean energy companies, community-based nonprofit groups, educational institutions and labor organizations throughout Massachusetts.
MassCEC is seeking proposals from training organizations to design the program. Proposals are due March 2, 2015 and application documents can be found at http://www.masscec.com/solicitations/sucessful-women-clean-energy-initiative .