New York prepares future clean energy workforce with two new programmes


Some two initiatives have launched to help New York prepare its clean energy workforce.

The state governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled the Career Pathway Training Partnerships programme in high efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning, as well as electric heat pump technologies.

The aim of the training programme is to prepare New Yorkers for the growing number of job opportunities in the clean energy industry.

The partnerships will target training over 1,000 workers and prioritize the state’s most underserved populations, including low-income New Yorkers and those residing in environmental justice communities, helping support the state’s economic recovery.

The programme will see $8.5 million in investments for workforce training in support of the governor’s Climate Week actions to cut hydroflourocarbons.

A $3 million Next Generation HAVC Innovation Challenge has also been created to develop and scale environmentally friendly refrigerants without HFCs as part of the initiative.

The programme will be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

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NYSERDA will provide awards up to $550,000 to selected training providers.

Providers seeking the maximum funding amount are required to train a minimum of 50-60 students with at least 80% of those trained placed in a job, internship or apprenticeship.

Also announced is an agreement between NYSERDA and the City College of New York to implement a permanent energy efficiency workforce development training programme for West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc. Under the program, CCNY will help train up to 10 long-term training specialists in energy efficiency technology, real-time diagnostic and usage analytics, and performance optimization for all mechanical and engineering systems in use at WHGA’s buildings throughout New York City.

Acting president and CEO NYSERDA Doreen M. Harris said, “These investments in the workforce of the future will support training providers in their efforts to attract and train workers in energy efficiency and connect them with careers and real work experience leading to job placement in well-paying energy efficiency careers. As NYSERDA continues to work toward Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading climate and energy goals, we recognize the importance of a partnership like this one with CUNY in helping to upskill the workforce of the 21st century for growing careers in the green economy.”