California’s Labor Market Information Division began studying the green economy in 2008. Policy makers and lay customers alike wanted to know “what is a green job?”, “how many of them are in the state (and/or my local area)”, and “what kind of training is required?” In order to understand the emerging green economy, we began to read and analyze the many relevant research papers and articles, and to connect with green businesses, university researchers, community colleges and other training providers, LMI staff in other states, and other stakeholders.
We could see that the only way to answer stakeholders’ questions about California’s green jobs was to conduct a survey. When we began this endeavor, there were no special funds for green research—we redirected staff towards this priority activity—create a definition our stakeholders agree to; develop a survey; select a statistically derived sample of over 50,000 California businesses, representing all industries, geographic areas and size classes; mail the survey; and continue to follow up with recipients until we had a sufficient number of responses. Then the data cleaning and analysis began!
We have finally posted our summary report on our Understanding the Green Economy web page, six months after our goal date of Earth Day 2010. (We began “leaking” findings then, but the “beg, borrow and steal” approach to staffing this project became a barrier to finalizing the report. Lesson learned…)
In summary, we found about 433,000 green jobs in California, representing about 3.4 percent of California’s employment. Just under eight percent of California businesses employ workers in green jobs. Almost two-thirds of California businesses have adopted sustainable business practices, creating a demand for more green businesses. Take a look at our report for more findings!
As I prepare to retire from State service at the end of December, I am proud of the work our staff has done to rise to a new challenge, and to demonstrate that LMI staff can be relevant and responsive to a demand for new and emerging information. Even more, I am proud of California for being a pioneer state in combating climate change, and envision a better future for our children and grandchildren. Best wishes, Bonnie Graybill
An OA State, Indiana is home to 902 Active Apprenticeship Programs and 12,829 Active Apprentices. The OA state office is located in
The private industry sectors of Construction, Advanced Manufacturing and Energy, historically and currently train the highest number of Registered Apprentices in
? Collaboration between five local Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committees (JATCs) in Indianapolis, Hammond/Merrillville, Michigan City, South Bend, and Lafayette, IN, Higher Education (Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue University), and Indiana’s Energy Systems Network (ESN) has resulted the winning of a major grant to fund the Crossroads Smart Grid Training Program initiative. The goal of this initiative is to facilitate the required hands-on training which will allow smart grid technology to become a reality not only in residential construction but also in commercial buildings and industrial facilities. Training areas will include LED Lighting, Wind Energy, Smart Building Automation, Smart Industrial Automation. Hundreds of Apprentices and Journeyworkers will be cross-trained on state-of-the-art equipment in all smart grid focus areas and demonstrate their competence by earning the industry-recognized Energy Power Research Institute (EPRI) Certification. These trained professionals will be critical to the success of Smart Grid initiatives and play a vital role as we seek to achieve energy independence.
? Lake County Electricians (Hammond/Merrillville, IN) J.A.T.C. received a Department of Energy grant to install a 24.5 kilowatt, 96 panel solar array on its new Apprenticeship and Training Center located in Merrillville, Indiana. Unique to this grant was the fact that the unit supplied 100% of the energy requirements utilized in construction of the new facility and is expected to greatly reduce energy expenditures now that the facility is operational and the permanent power grid tie-in has occurred. As part of the matching , Lake County Electricians JATC was able to train 70 Apprentices and over 20 Journeyworkers in Photovoltaics. Those participating received a net total of 2160 hours of photovoltaic training, including hands-on experience with off-loading, testing, storage, shipping, installation and power grid tie-in of the units. The panels installed were Sharp panels, manufactured in
* http://www.fronius.com will monitor real-time savings realized from this clean, green energy investment
With Indiana State Approving Agency (SAA) staff now working at the Indiana Office of Apprenticeship, we work very closely with the SAA in coordinating and assisting those veterans who are eligible for using their GI Bill education benefits in registered apprenticeship programs. This includes sharing information on registered programs, outreach and the establishment of new programs. We also provide contact information to our registered programs as to how to contact and have their programs approved by the SAA.
Submitted to John Griffin by
Office of Apprenticeship