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Resources for Green Jobs Training and Career Pathways

Resources for Green Pathways Out of Poverty Training Programs

We recommend that you begin with the following resources produced by Green For All and members of the Community of Practice:

Green Pathways Out of Poverty: Workforce Development Initiatives

Workforce development practitioners face a set of common questions about services, partnerships, curriculum, green credentials, links to employers, funding and measuring their results. Green For All convened a working group of training providers focused on providing green pathways out of poverty to start developing answers to these shared questions. This document is a product of that convening and identifies five keys to success for green workforce development. These keys, when combined with effective leadership and staff, help programs serve the workers they train, the businesses and industry they support, and the environment they aim to protect.


Federal Resources Guide


Federal Resources to Enhance and Sustain Green Pathways out Of Poverty Programs

This guide includes a short list of federal discretionary funding resources (mostly that existed before the Recovery Act) that may support a diverse array of services and activities for participants in green jobs training programs. This list is not meant to be exhaustive but to encourage broad and creative thinking about strategic planning for the financing and sustainability of green pathway out of poverty programs.


Deconstruction Opportunities: Career Options After Deconstruction Training

This report provides a description of the type of jobs available to workers in the deconstruction and reuse industries, as well as the advancement opportunities trainees are equipped to pursue following their training.


We also recommend that you listen to past Green For All conference calls on topics ranging from program funding to green curriculum.

Below we have linked to resources that have been recommended by members of the Green Pathways Out of Poverty working group, including training programs run by community colleges, community-based organizations, YouthBuilds, Conservation Corps, apprenticeship preparation and apprenticeship programs.

This page will be regularly updated with new resources. If you have a resource to recommend here, please email a description along with a link to ladan(at)


Resources for Serving Workers Re-entering from Incarceration

Resources for Diversifying Funding

Re-Entry and Barrier Removal Resources

Resources for Connecting Graduates to Jobs

  • The New Apollo Program is a national strategy for job creation through clean energy.
  • A practical guide to help workforce, education, economic development professionals (and any other sort of career counselor) understand green jobs and be able to offer solid advice to young people and jobseekers so they can get on the right track and in the context of the demands of the regional economy. 
  • National Transitional Jobs Network: A link to a network for workforce strategy designed to overcome employment obstacles by using time-limited, wage-paying jobs and combining real work, skill development, and supportive services to transition participants successfully into the labor market. 
  • Employ America: Agency acts as a third party employer of record to assist training programs and employers to accrue tax benefits and incentives when hiring eligible populations.

Job Readiness Resources

Vocational Training Resources

Resources on Green Training Curriculum and Certifications

  • Green Building Curriculum from Oregon Tradeswomen

Oregon Tradeswomen has a free green building curriculum available to the public. The curriculum is intended to be delivered via power point, but the PDF version of the presentation can also be used as a handout/notes.

The first section entitled “Green Building” serves as a basic overview to anyone wanting to better understand green building and its connection to creating equitable and living jobs.  This stand alone introduction also touches on the other four units available including concepts in: Deconstruction, Weatherization, Green and Solar Roofing and Stormwater Management.

The curriculum is not intended as technical instruction so much as it is a way to convey concepts that a potential green employer would value in an employee.

Oregon Tradeswomen’s curriculum is made by possible through coordination and funding from ICMA. Created by Lydia Doleman of Flying Hammer Productions and Dawn Jones from Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.

Resources for Measuring Success

A sample report that illustrates excellent outcomes achievements for a NJ program


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