As the energy industry changes, employment opportunities grow.
California has announced a series of grants to help build a workforce for carbon-neutral energy technology. The program offers funding for job training in a number of clean and renewable energy industries.
In February, the California Workforce Development Board announced a package of grants to support its High Road Training Partnership (HRTP) program. The February awards total $8.9 million for sector-based workforce development projects in several industries. Grant recipients include several that will provide training in clean and renewable energy technologies.
The Board announced its first round of grants in December 2020. That announcement included over $10 million for eleven projects in a variety of industries. All of them have important roles in helping California mitigate and adapt to climate change. Several industries related to energy and electrical work were included: electric utilities, electric battery storage and electric bus manufacturing.
The California and Nevada IBEW/NECA Labor-Management Cooperation Trust received one of the largest of the first awards at $1.25 million. The funding is dedicated to the High Road to Energy Storage and Microgrids project. That project will bring a nationally accredited training program to the two states.
The California Workforce Development Board’s HRTP program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment–particularly in disadvantaged communities.