Last week Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced the first of the green job training grants authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: $55 million for capacity building and labor market information programs.
This is especially exciting for us because these are the first grants of the $500 million for green job training that Green For All and our supporters worked to have included in the Recovery Act. This relatively small initial investment sets important precedent for future investments, by investing in critical job training and building pathways out of poverty for communities most in need of economic opportunity.
The award announcements for the Pathways Out of Poverty ($150 million), energy training partnership ($100 million), and State Energy Sector ($190 million) Grants are expected within the next couple of months.
The grants announced today were the State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants and Green Capacity Building Grants. Many of these grants will help workers in vulnerable communities find jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.
The $48.8 million in Labor Market Information Improvement grants will allow states to develop better workforce data on green job trends and a range of strategies for connecting trained workers to those jobs.
The $5.8 million in Capacity Building grants will help existing DOL programs scale up to train more workers in green industries. Many of these grants are targeted to programs that serve disadvantaged and under represented communities, including American Indians, women, at-risk youth and farm workers.
Congratulations to members of the Green For All Communities of Practice who were recipients of the Capacity Building grants, including: OAI, Inc in Chicago, American YouthWorks in Austin, and La Causa in Los Angeles!
In a statement from the Department of Labor, Secretary Solis said:
“Today’s announcement is part of the administration’s long-term commitment to fostering both immediate economic growth and a clean energy future. It’s an investment that will help American workers do well while doing good. These grants provide an immediate return, and they are part of a larger green initiative that will help lead to increased job placements and promote economic growth.”
See which organizations and state agencies won the grants on the Department of Labor website: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/eta20091439.htm