U.S. creates $2 million program to train veterans in green jobs

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From Green Right Now Reports

If you are a veteran, the green job market may be awaiting you. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service has established a $2 million grant competition under the Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program to help eligible veterans by providing employment, training, support services, credentialing and networking information in renewable and sustainable energy.

The grants are intended to provide services to assist in reintegrating eligible veterans into the labor force and to address the complex employability problems facing eligible veterans.

“We have an obligation to our service men and women to do everything we can to help them transition smoothly into civilian life,” Secretary Hilda L. Solis said in a statement. “These grants will not only help our veterans, they will provide an invaluable service to a burgeoning part of our economy. Veterans deserve good jobs, and green jobs are good jobs.”

The department said it will give priority to workforce development projects that focus on connecting target populations to career pathways and training programs that will prepare veterans for careers in any of the seven energy efficiency and renewable energy industry categories defined in the Workforce Investment Act, which include:

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

In addition to the industries listed above, the government said applicants may propose other employment and training opportunities related to the growth and enhancement of emerging green industries that clean and enhance our environment.

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