SER-Jobs for Progress—the national education, training and employment services organization—is hosting green jobs courses beginning next month, in partnership with HCC and Workforce Solutions.Î¾ There's no cost for participants.Î¾ Funding is provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for education, training, employment services and job placement for 250 eligible individuals.Î¾ Nory Angel with SER-Jobs for Progress says the project targets low-income people and those who've been laid off.
"We've developed employer relationships with companies—such as Standard Renewables, Efficient Attics, Payless Insulation, GradCo Construction—that are partners on these projects.Î¾ And their purpose is to be part of the development of the curriculum, and also to participate in the training, get to know them, interview them and hire them.Î¾ Fifty per cent of the wages will be subsidized for the candidates that are hired with our employer partners."Î¾
Upon course completion, students receive payments for their achievements.Î¾ Classes include weatherization, solar panel installation and heating, venting and air conditioning.Î¾ Green training in Houston will soon expand, with the recent announcement of more funding.
"Last week, SER was awarded a Pathways Out of Poverty grant for $3.1 million, and we will be training 400 people.Î¾ Employers have a great incentive to get part of the wages for their hiring of our candidates.Î¾ We'll be reimbursing wages to employers.Î¾ Employers or builders are going green, and more consumers are wanting green amenities in their home, homes that are more energy-efficient, or to convert their current homes into more energy-efficient homes, and we're preparing the workforce to do those jobs."
Angel says the program builds on the president's commitment of future job creation through the building of a robust clean energy sector.