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Secretary Solis Introduces the Green Jobs Training Grants (Video)

Secretary Solis Introduces the Green Jobs Training Grants (Audio)

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  • Audio Transcripts
    • English:
      The Department of Labor is awarding nearly $100 million in green jobs training grants. These grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative — totaling $500 million — to prepare workers for careers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. The training provided will lead to jobs and skills that are identified to be the most in-demand in local areas across the country. These investments will help American workers succeed while laying the foundation for our country’s long-term competitiveness.
    • Spanish:
      El Departamento de Trabajo proporcionará $100 millones en fondos para entrenamiento de trabajos verdes. Estos fondos son parte de la Ley de Recuperación y Reinversion — en total $500 — para preparar a trabajadores en carreras en las industrias de energías renovables y energia eficiente. Los programas ayudaran a entrenar a las personas a obtener habilidades y trabajos de más demanda en todo el país. Estas inversiones ayudaran ha nuestros trabajadores salir adelante y a la misma vez creara una base que a largo plazo ayudara mantener el espiritu de nuestro pais.

Video Transcript

My fellow Americans, last month the Department of Labor announced almost $55 million in grants to help communities across the United States spur economic recovery and begin the process towards energy independence.

That was just a start.

And there's much more to come.

Today I am happy to announce that my Department is awarding nearly $100 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

These grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative — totaling $500 million — to fund workforce development projects promoting economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

The investments will help American workers succeed…while laying the foundation for our country's long-term competitiveness.

Our green grants will support job training and help workers…many in underserved communities including - veterans, women, youth, African Americans, and Latinos.

In addition, some $28 million of today's announcement will support projects in communities impacted by the restructuring of the auto industry.

Twenty-five projects across the country will receive grants ranging from $1.4 to $5 million each.

The training activities funded under these programs will be individually tailored.

They will also be based on both the jobs and skills that are identified to be the most in-demand in local areas across the country.

We will look to prepare workers for a range of careers, including:

  • Hybrid and electric auto technicians;
  • Weatherization specialists;
  • Wind and energy auditors; and
  • Solar panel installers

These grants are built on strategic partnerships – requiring labor and business to work together.

Bringing together the expertise of these stakeholders will allow grantees to develop programs that harness and meet the needs of workers, businesses and communities.

As I have said before — our goal must be a clean energy future that works for all Americans, so that we can pass on to future generations, not just a stronger economy, but also a cleaner, healthier and sustainable planet.

Thank you.