PUSH Green workforce development update

PUSH Green workforce development update

Green Jobs Trainees pose for their close-up after completing BPI's Basic Air Sealing and Insulation Training.

In early April, PUSH held a PUSH Green Worker Mobilization event. After a month of one-on-one meetings with alumni from local pre-apprenticeship and certification training programs, more than two dozen area residents interested in careers in weatherization and energy efficiency turned out for the event. Several home performance contractors and a representative from Local 161 of the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) were in the house as well.

Attendees participated in small group round robin interviews with contractors and LiUNA, heard from PUSH Green's workforce staff about opportunities to build a “Community Jobs Pipeline” through Green Jobs-Green New York, and then signed up to hit the streets to generate the customer demand that will put them in demand as emerging workers.

Thirteen trainees, who attended the PUSH Green Worker Mobilization event, have since completed BPI Basic Air Sealing and Insulation training sponsored by LiUNA, and are now looking forward to growing the home performance industry in WNY as original members of LiUNA’s Local 161.

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