Governor Patrick Proclaims October 14-20 “Careers in Energy Week”
BOSTON – Tuesday, October 15, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today issued a proclamation designating October 14 through October 20, 2013 as “Careers in Energy Week,” encouraging residents to consider careers in the Commonwealth’s growing energy-related industries. Energy-related industries across the state provide careers to tens of thousands of residents ranging from line workers to engineers, customer service representatives to accountants, chemists to environmentalists, power plant operators to solar installers and manufacturers.
“Massachusetts is experiencing significant growth in the clean energy industry, and the Patrick Administration is partnering with the private sector, workforce organizations, and educational institutions to promote this growth as well as career opportunities to engage the industry’s future workforce,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein. “As we acknowledge the great work of employees within energy-related industries, we also need to build on their success by raising awareness among students today to train and prepare them in STEM related fields, including energy-related industries.”
“Massachusetts is leading the clean energy revolution. By all accounts, we are bucking the national economic trend, having seen double-digit job growth in the clean energy sector the last two years,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. “There are now nearly 80,000 people working at more than 5,500 clean energy companies across the Commonwealth.”
“We know the more we expose our students to the jobs of the future the better prepared they will be after high school and college,” said Education Secretary Matthew Malone. “Careers in energy are a good path for our young people to explore because the options are endless. I look forward to learning more with our students throughout this week.”
Through strategic partnerships like the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council (STEM), as well as employers, educational institutions and workforce organizations, the Commonwealth strives to promote a unified and results-oriented effort to ensure many citizens find rewarding science-related careers in energy.
Among career, workforce and educational resources within energy-related industries promoted by the Patrick Administration, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) runs an internship program that provides stipends for students and recent graduates to work at Massachusetts clean energy companies. Since 2011, the program has placed more than 325 interns at over 110 clean energy companies across the Commonwealth, with 40 of those interns gaining full- or part-time jobs with their host companies.
MassCEC also recently launched a jobs board (www.masscec.com/jobs) for Massachusetts clean energy companies and workers looking to gain entry to this growing sector, which now employs 80,000 people across the Commonwealth. MassCEC’s jobs board gives employers the ability to publish open clean energy positions and provides job seekers a place to browse jobs by geographic location, educational requirements, job type and other criteria. The Massachusetts Department of Career Services, a part of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), maintains a similar site for green jobs (www.mass-green.jobs/) through JobQuest, a free online job service site that includes customized searches for several industries in Massachusetts (https://web.detma.org/JobQuest/).
EOLWD and the Commonwealth Corporation are also currently working with several regional partners to support workforce training skills for job seekers and incumbent employees within the clean energy industry as part of a July announcement of $4.5 million through the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund. Led by the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), regional partners including employers, educational institutions and workforce organizations are preparing unemployed and underemployed individuals, with a special focus on veterans, for weatherization installer jobs. As part of a $208,037 awarded grant, this regional partnership is creating a middle skills gap workforce development priorities work plan focused on the Energy Efficiency Management industry sector that will stack and align coursework and certificates and degree programs among the area education and skills training institutions. In the South Coast region, a $250,000 grant was awarded to the New Bedford Economic Development Council to support a regional partnership that is providing construction preparation and pre-apprenticeship training to prepare unemployed and underemployed individuals for construction jobs which will support the build out of the Marine and Commerce Terminal in New Bedford, what will be the first facility in the nation designed to support the construction, assembly, and deployment of offshore wind projects.
To learn more about career opportunities in energy-related industries, visit the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s job board (www.masscec.com/jobs) or search for job postings available through the Massachusetts Department of Career Services’ JobQuest (https://web.detma.org/JobQuest/).