Magazine article Talent Development

Green Jobs Gaining Ground: Jobs for the Future Expands Green Sector Training for Workers in Seven Major U.S. Cities

Magazine article Talent Development

Green Jobs Gaining Ground: Jobs for the Future Expands Green Sector Training for Workers in Seven Major U.S. Cities

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Funded by an $8 million U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) grant, Jobs for the Future (JFF)--a not-for-profit education and workforce development organization--will provide resources to train green industry workers in Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. DOL's Green Jobs Innovation Fund grant, authorized by the Workforce Investment Act, awarded a total of $38 million to six organizations, including JFF.

Using pre-established industry partnerships, JFF creates sector-based career pathways and tools for lower-skilled adults, while targeting local employer needs. One of its primary strategies is to nurture partnerships with a variety of professional and social services providers, such as adult literacy, occupational training, and case management agencies.

"Often these services don't collaborate, and people get lost in the shuffle," says Maria Flynn, vice president of Building Economic Opportunity, Jobs for the Future. "Our role is to get organizations that perform these different functions to form a partnership with each other and with employers who have particular occupational needs. …

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