MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A new training program will help thousands of Alabamians qualify for jobs in emerging industries focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $6 million grant to Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to establish the Alabama Energy Sector Partnership program.
The training program will teach participants the skills needed to qualify for employment in one of five energy-related areas: energy efficient construction and retrofits, renewable electric power, energy-efficient and advanced-drive-train vehicle manufacturing, biofuels and energy-efficiency assessment.
"This grant not only will help Alabamians reduce energy costs, it also will provide employment opportunities for many residents" ADECA Director Doni Ingram said. "Workers who are struggling because of the economic downturn will be able to develop valuable new skills in an emerging industry."
The program will train an estimated 1,422 Alabama residents during the next three years. Individuals targeted for the program will include veterans, laid-off workers, juveniles and unskilled workers in low-wage jobs.
ADECA's partners in the training program are the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, Alabama Career Center System, Alabama Department of Education, Alabama Homebuilders Association, Mobile Workforce Investment Board and Trenholm State Technical College.
The program's funding was made available to the state through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.