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Washington's Energy Sector Partnership Grant

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (Workforce Board) a $5,973,635 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to train Washington state workers in high demand occupations needed for energy efficiency in commercial and public buildings.
Senator Murray Announcement
Three-page summary of successful grant application

Staff Contact: Beth Meyer

State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grant Q&A

What is the purpose of the grant?
The Energy Sector Partnership Grant provides training for targeted populations in high demand, professional-technical occupations needed for energy efficiency in commercial and public buildings. This initiative will create a ready supply of skilled workers for the energy efficiency sector and put participants on career paths with recognized credentials in hand.

Who benefits from this training?
This training is targeted to both skilled workers in the construction field as well as new workers:

  • Workers in the construction industry who have become dislocated due to national energy and environmental policy and/or the current economic downturn.
  • Workers currently employed in the industry but at risk of losing their jobs unless they can update their skills in energy efficiency. 
  • Unemployed and underemployed and new workers especially those who are:
    • At-risk youth.
    • Low-income adults.
    • People with disabilities.

Veterans, including past and present members of reserve components of the Armed Forces, will receive priority for service.

How will training be delivered?
The Workforce Board has contracted with three regional Workforce Development Councils (Seattle-King County, Snohomish County, and Spokane Area). Each Workforce Development Council subcontracts with certain area community and technical colleges and other partners, including Build It Smart, a statewide labor-management non-profit who will provide training for journey-level workers statewide and add certificated green skills training to area building trade apprenticeship programs.

How many participants will benefit from the grant?
Through their regional initiatives, the three Workforce Development Councils will each serve an average of 390 participants. Statewide, the Built It Smart projects will serve over 1,800 participants. In total, there are expected to be over 3,000 participants. Unemployed participants will receive support to gain energy efficiency-related employment and those participants already working in the field will advance their careers.

What kind of training will be offered through participating community and technical colleges in King, Snohomish and Spokane counties through this grant?
Examples include:
--Commercial and public building retrofit
--Post-retrofit building management
--Building operators and engineers
--Sustainability/energy managers
--Energy efficiency technician
--Energy management analyst
--Photovoltaic installer
--Commercial and residential energy auditors

How can jobseekers connect to these opportunities?
The grant will end on June 30, 2013. We are no longer enrolling participants. Those who are enrolled are finishing up training and getting the support they need to advance their careers in the energy efficiency sector.

All jobseekers should connect with one of the state’s WorkSource Centers. Your local WorkSource career center has a vast array of resources that go beyond this grant in helping jobseekers connect with training and employment.  


The State Green Job Initiative

Other Green Job ARRA Grants

WorkSource Centers

Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County

Spokane Area Workforce Development Council



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