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The Green Jobs Movement. “Assuring Good Training for Good Jobs”. Green Jobs Act of 2007 (GJA). Included as Title X of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Amends section 171 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • The Green Jobs MovementAssuring Good Training for Good Jobs

  • Green Jobs Act of 2007(GJA)Included as Title X of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Amends section 171 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

    Authorized $125 million annually to create an Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Worker Training Program

  • Green Jobs Act of 2007 (GJA)PurposeIdentify needed skills

    Develop training programs

    Train workers for jobs in a range of industries

  • Green Jobs Act of 2007 (GJA)Industries include:Energy efficient buildingConstruction and retrofitsRenewable electric powerEnergy efficient vehiclesBio-fuelsManufacturing

  • Green Jobs Act of 2007 (GJA)Target population

    Workers affected by national energy and environmental policyIndividuals in need of updated trainingVeterans Unemployed workersIndividuals seeking pathways out of povertyFormer incarcerated, adjudicated, non-violent offenders

  • Green Jobs Act of 2007 (GJA)Authorized Related Green Job Programs

    National Research ProgramNational Energy Training Partnership GrantsState Labor Market Research, Information, and Labor Exchange Research ProgramState Energy Training Partnership ProgramPathways Out Of Poverty Demonstration Program

  • Green Jobs Act of 2007 (GJA) Funding

    Has not been funded by a regular appropriationDOL refused to issue the regulations necessary to implement the programThis bill was introduced by current Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, when she served in the House of Representatives

  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)Signed into law on February 17th, 2009$500 million in Green Jobs Training grantsSubtitle A of the Congressional Conference Report states: The conference agreement includes $750 million for a program of competitive grants for worker training and placement in high growth and emerging industry sectors Within the amount provided, $500 million is designated for projects that prepare workers for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy as described in the Green Jobs Act of 2007

  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)Some GJA initiatives have been funded under ARRA (i.e. National Energy Training Partnerships)

    Related DOL imposed funding requirements (i.e. strategic partnerships) do not follow the original language/intent of GJA

    ARRA is a short term measure

    Continued financial support for GJA proposed initiatives that follows the initial intent/language of the GJA should be pursued

  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

    Grants currently under ARRA include:State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants - (11/18/09) Energy Training Partnership Grants - (1/06/10) Pathways Out Of Poverty

    State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants

    Green Capacity Building Grants - (11/18/09)

  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)Conclusion$500 million in the ARRA is four times the amount authorized in the GJAIt will have a major impact on the green jobs market in general and the building and construction industry in particularSecretary of Labor should be urged to apply some of the original pro-labor language of the GJA, that she authored, to future initiatives to ensure funding beyond ARRA

  • Converting Funding to Quality Training

  • Green Certifications

    Certify worker skills and knowledge

    Certify products and processes

  • Green CertificationsNationally recognized standards-based certifications are needed

    Certifications should be focused on specific tasks, operations, or products

    Standards should be consensus based and promote quality

  • Green CertificationsExamples of Green certifications and existing standards:

    LEED ICC/NAHB DOE-WAP LIUNA, BPI, RESNET

  • Green CertificationsContractors/Manufacturers Benefits

    Understand the skill sets held by certified employees

    Know what is expected of them in terms of products/processes

  • Green CertificationsConsumers Benefits

    Will know that products meet a specific standard

    Will know that production processes meet a certain standard

  • Green CertificationsWorkers Benefits

    Proof of skill = more pay

    Job satisfaction

  • Green CertificationsKnowledge and understanding of green theoryNew construction and retrofit techniquesDay-to-day plant operationsFinal productsExamples where specific certifications are or would be useful:

  • Green CertificationsTRAINING

    National standards based certifications = standardized training efforts

    Standards can be easily used as a base level and modified to meet any state/local requirements.

  • What constitutes quality training?

  • TrainingAssuring quality training:Establish and/or follow existing skill standardsEstablish pre-requisitesUse quality curriculum that has clear objectivesUse well-qualified instructorsEnsure training locations have sufficient capacity for required hands-on activities

  • TrainingAssuring quality training: (cont.)Use written and performance-based assessments leading to competency-based certificationsRequire refresher trainingReview/revise curriculumConsider CEUsDevelop strategic partnerships

  • Partnerships

  • PartnershipsAid in recruitment

    Aid in screening applicants

    Aid in pre-requisite training

    Contribute to positive community relations

    Assist in accessing funding

  • PartnershipsConsider:

    Your priorities

    Their reputation

    The cultural fit of the organizations

    Associated costs

  • PartnershipsPotential Partners

    Community non-profit organizations

    Workforce Investment Boards or local governmental workforce development entities

    Other educational institutions

    Employer or industry groups

  • SummaryTraining for green jobs has been funded

    Green job standards tied to certifications aid in establishing quality training and ensuring quality products.

    Quality training requires quality curriculum and qualified trainers

    Partnerships can be helpful

    These have mostly been rejuvenated under ARRA. The State Labor Market Research, Information, and Labor Exchange Research Program has been newly awarded under ARRA as the State Labor Market Information Improvement Grant. The National Research Program doesnt seem to appear under ARRA. Another Grant, The Green Capacity Building Grants, that didnt appear on the GJA, is a newly awarded competitive grant under ARRA. The awarded grantees and funds awarded to them are on the handout that you have received. On January 6, 2010, the Energy Training Partnership Grant was announced. On the handout, you will notice that other grants have had there closing dates but the awarded funding hasnt been released yet. All this information and much more can be found on the DOL-ETA website. Current grant information can be found at: http://www.doleta.gov/grants/findgrants.cfm- key wording that ties the GJA to ARRA*Energy Training Partnership Grants that were release on January 6, 2010 include grantees to utilize partnerships to design and distribute training approaches that lead to portable industry credentials and employment, including careers opportunities in registered apprenticeship programs. These grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative-totaling $500 million- to fund workforce development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. DOL expects to release funding for the two remaining green grant award categories over the next several weeks*Energy Training Partnership Grants that were release on January 6, 2010 include grantees to utilize partnerships to design and distribute training approaches that lead to portable industry credentials and employment, including careers opportunities in registered apprenticeship programs. These grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative-totaling $500 million- to fund workforce development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. DOL expects to release funding for the two remaining green grant award categories over the next several weeksThe $ is for training, Where is the $ for the work coming from?As you have seen, there is quite a bit of funding available for training in green jobs. What needs to be done to ensure that the training provided by all of those who will train for these jobs is quality training? One way to do this is to set certification standards.Green certifications can certify knowledge of green building techniques or associated rating systems, such as USGBCs LEED AP and LEED Associate certifications. Buildings, systems, or processes can also be certified green, but there are many claims to green-ness out there, with more being developed or suggested each day. This can be confusing when trying to determine whether a certification has true relevance to your work.Creating certifications that are nationally known and understood, and that are focused on specific facets of green work will help eliminate some of the confusion surrounding what green is and how to train for it.Certifications may be very similar, and equally accepted. The concepts on which they are based, however, can be covered comprehensively in training for the rank and file, with a general overview of the types of certifications available. Many times our signatory contractors work nationally, so it is an advantage to them if they know that a worker anywhere in the country will possess the same