Two Million Dollar Deptartment of Labor Grant Competition Will Fund Green Jobs Training For Veterans

by Green Jobs Ready on March 30, 2010

The Department of Labor (DOL) has allocated two million dollars in grant funds for workforce development that will prepare veterans to enter the green jobs workforce, the DOL said in a news release on its website Monday. Funds will be disbursed through an initiative called the Veteran’s Workforce Investment Program (VWIP), under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service.

However, as the funds are part of a grant competition, workforce development agencies that want to win grant moneys will have to apply for the funds, and preference will be given to those programs that demonstrate a plan for providing training, certification, and other needed services that will “prepare veterans for careers in any of the seven energy efficiency and renewable energy industry categories defined in the Workforce Investment Act.”

These industries include:

  1. Energy-efficient building, construction and retrofit industries.
  2. Renewable electric power industry.
  3. Energy efficient and advanced drive train vehicle industry.
  4. Bio-fuels industry.
  5. Deconstruction and materials use industries.
  6. Energy efficiency assessment industry serving the residential, commercial or industrial sectors.
  7. Manufacturers that produce sustainable products using environmentally sustainable processes and materials.

The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service also encourages applications for VWIP grants from agencies  “propos[ing] strategies that focus on employment and training opportunities related to the growth and enhancement of emerging green industries that clean and enhance our environment.”

For more on the VWIP Grant Competition and for contact information, see the announcement on the Department of Labor website.

Individuals, as well as workforce development programs, interested in finding out more about what’s involved in training for green jobs may find the Boots On The Roof website a good place to start.

Boots on the Roof provides training in renewable energy resources, technologies, installation, and implementation. For more information about courses offered, times, dates, locations, and so on, please click on the link above.

See you on the green ~

Rebecca

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