Putting Veterans to Work in Green Jobs
CleanEdison, a national training provider focused on clean technology education, has partnered with Veterans Green Jobs, a national nonprofit organization that puts veterans to work in the green economic sector. Through this partnership, the two organizations will advance training and employment opportunities for military veterans in the clean energy field nationwide.
CleanEdison provides online, in-classroom, and hands-on vocational training and certification programs to individuals and pursuing career pathways in a variety of green job industries. It also regularly seeks grant opportunities from federal, state, local governments, utility agencies and other organizations and connects students with those opportunities. The new partnership brings together CleanEdison’s industry knowledge of job opportunities and grant funding for training with Veterans Green Jobs’ growing network of job-seeking veterans in sectors such as wind energy technology, solar energy technology, energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental technology.
“We are very excited to partner with Veterans Green Jobs to get veterans into employment opportunities in energy efficiency and renewable energy,” said Avi Yashchin, CEO of CleanEdison. “Shocking as it may seem, clean energy jobs often go unfilled for months as companies struggle to find skilled workers, and with this partnership we will be able to get veterans exactly the skills that companies are hiring for, at little to no cost.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in June 2012, of veterans who have served since 2001, 12.7 percent were unemployed in May, and the youngest (18-24 years of age) are unemployed at a rate of 23.5 percent. More than one million veterans are projected to leave the military between 2011 and 2016, placing increased demands on the workforce.
To help combat the unemployment problem veterans face upon exiting the military, Veterans Green Jobs is working to connect military veterans with job and training opportunities in the green economic sector. With a goal of placing 300 veterans into jobs by mid-2013, the nonprofit relies on strategic partnerships with employers and education providers such as CleanEdison.
Veterans who get in touch with Veterans Green Jobs’ employment program receive one-on-one counseling to create an employment pathway that meets their needs. Career counselors assess veterans’ current skills and military experience, provide coaching to help them refine and shape their resume in order to match available job openings, and recommend any needed training or education to develop skills. Then, the program connects veterans with employers who need skilled workers and have job openings, and stays in touch to ensure a good fit.
About Veterans Green Jobs
Veterans Green Jobs is a national nonprofit whose mission is to engage, transition and connect military veterans with meaningful employment opportunities that serve our communities and environment. With programs in eight states, Veterans Green Jobs offers training and hands-on experience, directly employs veterans, offers entrepreneurial opportunities and offers a national job placement model. See www.veteransgreenjobs.org for information. Join Veterans Green Jobs on Facebook.
CleanEdison Inc. is a national training provider focused on clean technology education, offering online, in-classroom, and hands-on vocational training to building professionals, businesses, postsecondary institutions, and government organizations. To date, CleanEdison has trained and certified thousands of individuals, offering courses in: Energy Auditing, Green Building and LEED, Solar, Building Occupant and Management Training, Green Deconstruction and Materials Re-Use, Geothermal, Hybrid Car and Electric Vehicles Technology, and EPA Health and Safety. Learn more at www.cleanedison.com.