On top of the millions already infused through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) economic stimulus bill into various aspects of the war on climate change, more funds are forthcoming.
Case in point, in January, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis announced nearly $100 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the ARRA. The grants will support job training programs to help dislocated workers and others, including veterans, women, African-Americans and Latinos, find jobs in expanding green industries and related occupations. Approximately $28 million of the total funds will support projects in communities affected by auto industry restructuring.
Through the Energy Training Partnership Grants being administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, 25 projects ranging from approximately $1.4 to $5 million each will receive grants.
Training activities funded through this grant program will be 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 hybrid/-electric auto technicians, weatherization specialists, wind and energy auditors, and solar panel installers.
Grant recipients are expected to work in conjunction with a range of partners, including labor organizations, employers and work force investment boards.
The grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative—totaling $500 million—to fund work force-development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy-efficiency and renewable-energy industries. The Department of Labor expects to release funding for two remaining green grant award categories over the next several weeks.