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Green Training Programs
With the onset of green policies and regulations initiated by the government and companies, green training programs are necessary in order to achieve goals. Indeed, being a green advocate or worker requires a change in the technology that will be used in the construction of the house, in the proper disposal of garbage, in the wind farms among others. But more importantly, greening involves a lot of mindset change, retooling and re-training in order to properly utilize the technology, systems and procedures available to the providers as well as the end users.
President Barack Obama included in his stimulus package a funding of $50B for clean energy projects. The project is supposed to create significant number of new jobs and cost-efficient technologies in response to tens of thousands jobs that were lost as instability strike the country’s economy. This is just one of the President’s measures to help the country adapt to the recession plaguing the US economy. As more and more citizens struggle to live within reduced means, clean air projects are deemed to stabilize spending due to reduced energy costs. This will also allow citizens to maximize valuable dollars in other necessities. Recycling, renewable energy, hybrid cars are just a few ways to promote clean air projects.
However, many sectors are saying that the number of green workers is not enough to sustain the projects. They say that green training programs need to be institutionalized first particularly in the academic sector in order to make the project possible. Specialized curriculum needs to be established so that new and skilled green workers are generated from fresh graduates. Reports estimate that it would only take about 2 years of specialized training to be considered an expert in the field.
However, there are a lot of trainings being implemented in small communities. And if there is one major impact that the clean air project has created, it is the involvement of youth in the training programs in small communities. Even at the start-up, the youth was the main target group of the project. In particular, training is aimed at disadvantaged and at-risk youth. This is a best way to assist youth who have lost track of their lives reconnect to the community and hence their individual lives. Through immediate employment, trained youth are able to become economically independent and productive members of the community. This is attributed to the high need of green skilled workers. Not to mention that compensation is generally regarded as competitive in the industry. State program offers $10000 training funds for unemployed workers. This is also applicable for middle aged workers who have lost their jobs in the wake of recession.
Green training programs include installing solar panels, repairing wind turbines, production of bio-fuels, and other forms of renewable energy. Home insulation, green procurement and coal heating among others are in demand to local residents and companies alike.
The stimulus project for clean energy project is still new. Success stories and best known methods are still yet to be achieved and replicated. The perpetrators of this cause such as the academe, government sectors, state programs, local community projects down to individual efforts need to stay focused towards the goal. Different sectors of the country need to work together so as to eliminate dependence on foreign energy sources.
Green training programs address the increasing rate of disadvantaged sectors in the society and at the same time addresses the demand for green workers all over the country.