Rochester Senator Joe Robach applauded Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s announcement that there more than $500,000 is still available in job training grants through the Clean Energy On-the-Job Training (OJT) program, which helps eligible businesses develop green job skills in their workforce. To date, the program has already awarded 64 businesses over $2.2 million to train workers across the state, with more than 250 workers hired through the grant funding.
The Clean Energy OJT program was developed through a partnership between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the State Department of Labor (DOL), and provides participants with skills in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Businesses can receive 50 percent of the wages paid to new hires during their training period, with a maximum award per trainee of $15,000 and a maximum award per business of $150,000. To be eligible, businesses must have a current Partnership Agreement or contract agreement with NYSERDA or a participating investor-owned utility.
DOL works with NYSERDA to help facilitate this program by performing due diligence on all businesses interested in participating in the program. In addition, DOL works directly with businesses to provide job development and job-matching services as well as develop training plans for new hires that become the basis of the contract with NYSERDA.
Resources for Green Jobs
The Department of Labor’s Jobzone: https://www.jobzone.ny.gov and Careerzone https://www.careerzone.ny.gov allow an individual to research a wide range of professions to determine which is best suited towards their skills, education and experience and can be used to help target a specific career path in the green workforce.
The GreenCareersNY website (Job Seekers section): http://greencareersny.com/individual.shtm also offers various job boards with numerous training program opportunities—including certificate programs and local community college offerings.