NYS Workforce Development
What is workforce development?
The only way to create equitable change for workers is to offer them sufficient training and hands-on experience. As clean energy grows to become one of the biggest industries for employment, we’re providing workforce development opportunities. In doing so, we can train the new clean energy workforce, equipping individuals with the skills they need to succeed. At the same time, we are providing young people opportunities to learn about STEM occupations to give them the pathway toward a brighter future.
Through our goals, we are working to build a better, more prepared workforce. We aim to:
- provide mentorship to clean energy workers
- work with economic development organizations to support their local workers
- provide education to increase opportunities in STEM occupations
- provide employees with green technology job training to match the growing clean energy industry
- offer New York State workforce development grants with our partners.
Working together for our workforce
To help fill the gaps in workforce and job training, we use our resources to support organizations like chambers of commerce and economic development committees to serve the most workers possible.
Project C is working with New York State to create a more inclusive workforce. As a participating employer, we are offering workforce development opportunities to employees, and will report regularly on the program’s progress.
SUNY for all
Working together with 5 free SUNY Online Training Centers, we are giving young people more resources for their future education and/or careers. To support this SUNY STEM program, we are providing $3 million in gateway grants to students transitioning to community college and the working world.
We are closing the gap in certified energy efficiency vendors through our incubation and accelerator programs. With the help of Ascend Long Island and Bloc Power we will create a more diverse workforce for the clean energy future.
New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Together with NYSERDA, we are offering innovative workforce development opportunities that will help participants build skills and create the new green workforce of NYC and beyond.
Grid for Good
National Grid employees have already volunteered 12,000 hours helping youth find employment through our Grid for Good program. By 2030, we expect to support 22,500 young people with green technology job training and other important skills.
For over a century, The Dunbar Center has supported individuals to explore new career paths. Together, we are giving young people hands-on experience and the opportunity to learn about careers in the utility industry through after-school and summer programs.
NYC STEM partnerships
Along with our NYC partners, we are providing young people the pathways to successful STEM careers. We support the following organizations in their STEM programming:
Articles and updates
Learn more about our recent partnerships, employee training, and workforce development projects.
In partnership with Bloc Power and New York Edge, young people in New York City and Long Island are receiving heat pump awareness training to provide them with new job skills for the clean energy workforce.
We are supporting Syracuse’s PGR Foundation in its mission to provide girls with skills in science, technology, engineering, and math, and expose them to STEM-related careers.
To help replace National Grid’s light-duty vehicles with fully electric vehicles by 2030, we have trained 16 fleet technicians to service the new electric vehicles, and will continue to train new technicians as needed.
Hear what our partners have to say
Learn more about our workforce development programs from our partners.