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Project: California Needs Assessment of Workforce Issues for Energy Efficiency, Demand-Side Management, Renewable Energy, and the Green Economy
University of California at Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
In 2009 and 2010, Research Into Action was part of a team led by the University of California at Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment to perform a needs assessment of workforce issues in the areas of energy efficiency, demand-side management, renewable energy, and the green economy. The project assessed the capacity of current workforce development programs, and created a roadmap for scaling up workforce development infrastructure in the state. In particular, the team assessed current and planned workforce education and training efforts in the green and greening sectors, and their ability to prepare the workforce for new and changing jobs, including those that can help disadvantaged communities gain access to green jobs. The study also suggested strategies to address issues the research revealed. Our work focused on energy-efficiency industry groups and four-year colleges and universities. We contributed to a review of occupation analyses developed by energy organizations and DOE to identify emerging, expanding, and re-trainable occupations. We also contributed to secondary research intended to determine skills associated with those occupations. In addition, we led the interviews of employers of staff in those occupations to delineate skills requirements, barriers to entry, and training resources used to develop staff skills.