The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced $150 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Pathways Out of Poverty grants will support programs that help disadvantaged populations find ways out of poverty and into economic self-sufficiency through employment in renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, according to the DOL.
Through the 38 awards, targeted populations will receive recruitment and referral services; basic skills, work-readiness and occupational skills training; supportive services to help overcome barriers to employment; and other services at times and locations that are easily accessible. Through these programs, participants will receive certifications and training that will lead to employment.
There are two types of award recipients for these grants: national nonprofit entities with networks of local affiliates, coalition members or other established partners; and local entities, including nonprofit organizations such as community and faith-based organizations, the public workforce investment system, the education and training community, labor organizations, and employer and industry-related organizations.
SOURCE: Department of Labor