Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton today announced the launch of Green Workforce: Energy Efficiency, a new program designed to support job training programs for energy efficiency careers across the state.
“More than half of the 80,000 clean energy workers in Massachusetts work on energy efficiency,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Sec. Rick Sullivan, who chairs MassCEC’s Board of Directors. “Programs like this will ensure that companies in this growing industry have access to a skilled workforce as they expand operations in Massachusetts.The $200,000 program will develop a standardized certification program for clean energy employees and establish training sites for more direct, hands-on training, with the overall goal of preparing students and trainees for clean energy and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The program will also give workers access to higher education opportunities.
“Exposing young people to careers in energy efficiency will help continue to grow the clean energy sector in Massachusetts,” said Barton.
MassCEC is now seeking proposals for establishing training programs in the energy efficiency and building science fields across Massachusetts administered by Massachusetts-based secondary and post-secondary institutions, community-based organizations that provide youth services, workforce investment boards and labor unions.
Interested groups and organizations may view the full request for proposals on the program website, www.masscec.com/GreenWorkforce.