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In New York, 14 regional workforce development organizations have been chosen to help deliver energy efficiency skills training needed by the clean energy industry. NYSERDA provided more than $25 million for workforce development training between 2006 and 2011, and plans $51 million more for 2012 through 2016. By partnering with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), more than 14,000 people across New York State are expected to receive the training over the next two-and-a-half years. 

Training programs driven by employer demand and aligned with industry needs help companies become more competitive and maintain jobs in New York State.

"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 Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement. "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.

Online, classroom and hybrid 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.

New York State has supported energy efficiency and renewable energy workforce development and training initiatives since 1998 -- training more than 30,000 participants. The state has a network of more than 70 clean energy training providers across the state, including community colleges, State University of New York (SUNY), City University of New York (CUNY), Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), unions, and non-profit training entities.

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