December 02, 2010 11:55 ET
Training Funds for Energy Efficiency & Green Sectors Through CleanEdison
Training Dollars Available to California Contractors for Industry Certifications
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - December 2, 2010) - Helping to push the Energy Upgrade initiative for energy efficiency throughout the state, the California Clean Energy Workforce Training Program (CEWTP) awarded $368,000 to Efficiency First to help train California workers in energy efficiency and sustainable building. As a national nonprofit trade association that unites the Home Performance workforce, this funding will help employers across the state provide valuable training to their employees in these fast-growing sectors.
"Studies have shown that a shortfall will continue to exist in the number of qualified, trained workers serving the emerging green economy," said Jared Asch, National Director for Efficiency First. "In order to meet the market demand for green technology, Efficiency First is helping our members become active participants in training their workforce by leveraging nearly $400,000 in America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, as well as state, local and private funding, to prepare Californians for a clean energy future."
The Efficiency First program will off-set employer training fees by providing a reimbursement for up to 75% of total training costs. Certifications included under the Efficiency First training program are offered by nationally-recognized organizations such as the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst / Energy Auditor training, the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), and the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
"As the Energy Upgrade program kicks in to high gear, we've heard from a number of contractors looking to get training through this program," says Lauren Carson, VP of Business Development for CleanEdison. "As a leading training firm for this program, CleanEdison is committed as an approved training provider for the reimbursement program and is offering both BPI Certification and LEED Exam preparation courses for Efficiency First program participants throughout California. CleanEdison has educated hundreds of companies and thousands of individuals in green building practices, both through workforce development programs and the largest open enrollment program in the nation."
Application for participation in this training program is open to all members of the California Chapter of Efficiency First, and is subject to screening for compliance with the Employment Training Panel's guidelines for eligibility.
For more information about applying to participate in the program, please visit the program information page on the Efficiency First website: http://www.efficiencyfirst.org/catraining/ or call Ryan Williams at 1-888-513-3476.
About Efficiency First
Efficiency First is a national nonprofit trade association that unites the Home Performance workforce, building product manufacturers and related businesses and organizations in the escalating fight against global warming and rising energy costs. Efficiency First represents its members in public policy discussions at the state and national levels, to promote the benefits of efficiency retrofitting and to help our industry grow to meet unprecedented demand for quality residential energy improvements. Expansion of the Home Performance industry represents a crucial path to economic growth in the face of historically high unemployment and unprecedented weakness in the construction and manufacturing sectors. Consumer demand for efficiency retrofits will create hundreds of thousands of high-paying local jobs that cannot be outsourced overseas, while stimulating a surge of manufacturing of building materials primarily made by American workers.
CleanEdison, Inc. is the nation's leading green job training provider offering award-winning green education services to individuals, companies, federal, state and local governments. Our mission is to promote sustainability and green building practices by offering best-in-class education and expert advice through our customized consulting services and the largest open enrollment green training program in the nation. Winner of the 2009 CTN Green Excellence Seal for Green Education, CleanEdison is part of the US Green Building Council's Education Provider Program and an approved affiliate of the Building Performance Institute (BPI). Headquartered in New York, CleanEdison offers courses in BPI Certification, Energy Auditing, LEED, Solar, Wind and Renewable Energy. To learn more about CleanEdison and to sign up for courses, please visit www.cleanedison.com.