In 2011, NARC, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, completed the Pathways out of Poverty project. This project combined workforce investment with new certifications and training curricula to help disadvantaged and dislocated workers find opportunity in the green workforce. The team, composed of multiple national and regional partners, helped over 875 individuals earn over 2,100 certification, surpassing target outcomes by as much as 300 percent. The following reports and career ladders were developed as part of the green workforce certifications and training curricula.
Pathways Out of Poverty: Regional Best Practices Report – Executive Summary The executive summary provides an overview of the full Pathways Out of Poverty report, including highlighted success stories, project outcomes and metrics and lessons learned.
Pathways Out of Poverty: Regional Best Practices – Full Report The full report highlights a variety of promising practices and encourages replication of this type of proactive programming by regional councils nationwide.
Apprenticeship Handbook: Propelling Green Career Pathways An apprenticeship program connects workers with structured, on-the-job training in multiple different industries. This handbook provides a highly adaptable model that is competency based and flexible to meet to the employer’s needs.
Career Ladders and Job Description Packets were developed to assist regional sites in identifying career pathways, training curricula and potential job placements for Pathways program participants. These packets are available for use by regions and communities across the country for the following industries:
- Deconstruction: Deconstruction is an environmentally-friendly method of demolition, focusing on the disassembly of buildings in order to recover and re-use construction materials. Deconstruction work provides job opportunities to relatively low-skilled participants, helping them build work history and work habits, while learning basic
- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC):The HVAC Service Core program is a comprehensive online HVACR education program encompassing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. It is specially structured to prepare technicians to successfully pass the initial NATE Core Service Exam and to enrich the skills of installers and technicians.
- Solar Energy: Of the 22 solar jobs described in this packet, detailed curriculum and career ladder information is provided for two especially noteworthy, promising jobs in the solar photovoltaics and solar thermal areas. The solar electric (PV) system installation technician and solar thermal system installer jobs can be excellent, obtainable targets for many disadvantaged and dislocated workers, especially in the West and Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Regions where most of the 16,703 solar employment locations can be found. These jobs are two excellent points of entry into what is expected to be a very lucrative industry well into the 21st Century.
- Weatherization: Building Performance, also known as Weatherization or Home Performance, is the belief that all buildings should be safe, comfortable, durable and energy-efficient. Building performance uses a whole-house perspective to assess the effective energy conservation solutions. This Weatherization information packet is designed to provide persons interested in entering the building performance industry with a basic understanding of the types of certifications and training required, as well as the corresponding job opportunities.
- Wind Energy: This packet seeks to provide persons interested in joining the wind power field with a basic understanding of the types of training certifications and job opportunities available. For the purposes of this Pathways Out of Poverty green jobs training and placement project, the focus is on wind power installation, operations and sales, but not manufacturing. It includes both large-scale and small-scale wind power generation.