Brief Low-Skill Workers' Access to Quality Green Jobs
Karin Martinson, Alexandra Stanczyk, Lauren Eyster
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"Green jobs" have garnered attention and support from many circles. This brief discusses strategies for improving access to green jobs for low-skill individuals, particularly jobs that can improve workers' economic standing and better support families. To understand where green jobs for low-skill individuals can be found, we review green industries and occupations and what they pay. Next we identify "good" green jobs that pay enough to support employees' families. Finally we discuss how training for green jobs can equip low-skill workers with needed skills, recommend how to improve these training efforts, and detail examples of innovative programs.
Research Areas Education Social safety net Workforce
Tags Workforce development Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Public service and subsidized employment programs Families with low incomes