What are the Green Collar Jobs?
- Some jobs will be created directly by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, while others will grow out of normal economic growth created by businesses supporting infrastructure projects and support for the needs of the workers. Jobs in construction and manufacturing are projected to have the largest growth. These jobs will generally offer higher than average wages and include a significant percentage of union jobs, as well as jobs for women and minorities. Below is a sample of the jobs projected to be created from the federal recovery plan.
- Utilizing the existing agencies and our higher education structure, Connecticut could create a continuum of educational programs and certification training to provide participants with the skills necessary to tackle tomorrow’s energy career opportunities. These include family supporting, career tracking sustainable jobs.
In order for the federal recovery package and the actions of Connecticut government to be successful, the focus should be on creating “family supporting, career tracking, sustainable jobs, not just temporary work that require government subsidy. In planning workforce development, training must truly provide individuals with knowledge and skills that are recognized as being needed by industry and our society and that command compensation above minimum wage. This strategy requires that certification programs be based on recognized industry standards, including appropriate classroom study, field application or apprenticeship and testing.
Initially, many of the jobs created by the federal recovery package may involve work on energy efficiency projects in government building, schools and public housing. Ultimately all training should be based on a career track that encourages the participant to progress beyond the initial job by continuing their education and training, ultimately leading to private sector employment or small business development. Below is a schematic demonstrating how a basic weatherization training program can logically lead to a career path in the private sector. As a model, this example demonstrates how the stimulus package could create workforce development programs that directly benefits taxpayers by, first lowering the burden of taxes spent on high energy bills in public buildings and eventually provides private sector services in their communities for making home and businesses more energy efficiency.