Workforce Equity Programs

MassCEC is working to equitably bring the benefits of clean energy jobs to our Commonwealth’s diverse populations.

Current Activities

Equity Workforce Training Implementation Grants

MassCEC supports organizations that can plan, develop, and deliver career training programs (or pathways to programs) leading to employment in climate-critical occupational categories and business fields that will serve individuals from Environmental Justice (EJ) and low-income neighborhoods, members of Federally recognized or state acknowledged tribes, fossil fuel workers, or other underrepresented populations in the clean energy sector. Through large-scale, multi-year funding opportunities up to $1.2 million across two to three years, MassCEC will enable these organizations to develop and expand workforce development activities while leveraging existing workforce resources, such as the MassHire Workforce Investment Boards and Career Center network, existing Community College and CTI programs, etc.

This funding opportunity is open now; applications are due March 20, 2023.

Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Support Grants

MassCEC supports organizations that assist MWBEs in their creation, entry, and/or expansion into fields that are critical to meeting the Commonwealth's climate goals of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Through large-scale, multi-year funding opportunities up to $1 million across up to three years, MassCEC will support these organizations in their efforts to provide certification-assistance, mentoring, networking, pipelines to procurements, access to capital, and more that historically has been limited to businesses owned by minorities or women.

The next round of funding will be announced late 2022/early 2023.

On Sept 23, 2022, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $3.6M in funding to equity workforce training and Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises in climate-critical fields!

Equity Workforce Planning Grants

Applicants to the Implementation Grants and MWBE Support Grants that are not at the stage of implementation may be instead eligible for planning grants. Through six-month, $50,000 funding opportunities, MassCEC will support organizations that have a strong vision of workforce training or MWBE support that need additional resources and time to develop partnerships, leverage other funding and resources, and prepare for implementation.

Next round of funding to be announced early 2023.

Resources

High Priority Occupations for Meeting Massachusetts Climate Goals

  • "Short Training & Low Experience Occupations (Carpenter, Crane & Tower Operator/Pile Driver, Insulation, Wind Turbine Technician, Hazardous Material Removal)"
  • "Longer Training & More Experience Occupations (Electrician, HVAC Installer, Sheet Metal Worker, Architect, Mechanical Engineer)"  
  • Exemplary New York Workforce Training Partnerships: Willdan, Soulful Synergy, & Non-Traditional Employment for Women (NEW)  
  • More Exemplary New York Workforce Training Partnerships: Hudson Valley Community College, Solar One

Guidance on MassCEC Workforce Funding Opportunities

Inspiration and Guidance

MassCEC’s maintains an active Clean Energy and Workforce Development Equity Working Group to inform MassCEC’s Workforce Development programming.

Working Group members include clean energy workforce community and industry stakeholders who offer a broad range of relevant experiences and expertise from Massachusetts’ public, private and non-profit sectors. 

The Working Group offers informal recommendations on ways to align MassCEC programming with the long-term goals of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Climate Plan  and the equity objectives in the 2021 Act Creating A Next-Generation Roadmap for Climate Policy.

MassCEC’s Workforce Equity programming is also guided by the MassCEC Board of Directors.

Workforce Development Equity Working Group Members

  • Rouwenna Altemose, All In Energy
  • Lisa Carchia, Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges
  • Amanda Formia, National Grid
  • Ruth Georges, Eversource
  • Gregory King, TSK Energy Solutions LLC
  • Jamie Parr, South Middlesex Opportunity Council 
  • Kevin Rose, Member of Local 1413 International Longshoremen’s Association
  • Gabe Shapiro, All In Energy
  • Judy Silvia, MassMEP
  • Abel Vargas, Valley Insulation
  • Rachel White, Byggmeister