Governor Cuomo Announces Expanded Training for Clean-Energy Workforce in New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that 14 regional workforce development organizations have been chosen to help deliver energy efficiency skills training needed by the clean-energy industry.

“By working alongside industry leaders to train a high-tech workforce, we are empowering further growth in the State’s growing clean-energy economy,” Governor Cuomo said. “Clean-energy companies have made clear their desire to do business in New York State, and these training opportunities will help deliver the skilled personnel they need to be competitive for years to come.”

The training courses will focus on upgrading skills of existing workers, including energy efficiency job estimators; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians; plumbers; electricians; and weatherization crew members who work on clean-energy projects in the residential, multifamily and commercial/industrial sectors.

Courses will provide skills in priority energy efficiency areas, market sectors and technologies, including new construction, existing homes and commercial buildings, HVAC, building software modeling, lighting, weatherization and air sealing techniques and climate change resiliency. Programs will use on-line, classroom and hybrid courses.

John B. Rhodes, President and CEO of NYSERDA said, “Training programs driven by employer demand and aligned with industry needs help companies become more competitive and maintain jobs in New York State. As Governor Cuomo expedites new policies to transform clean-energy markets and advance programs like New York Works, NYSERDA is supporting workforce training for the clean-energy jobs of today and tomorrow.”