Grant resources to train new and existing employees are now available for green businesses in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, Waldo, Penobscot, Hancock and Piscataquis Counties. Coastal Enterprises, Inc. has received funding of $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor to offer customized training to upgrade the skills of both dislocated and currently-employed workers, in order to more effectively match the workforce needs of businesses.
This 18-month program is designed to grow the green jobs sector in Maine. CEI will link job-generating businesses in the renewable energy and energy efficiency, value-added agriculture, and green manufacturing sectors to workforce training resources. These funds will provide businesses with resources for on-the-job and specialized training, utilizing and complementing existing education and training programs, and will be designed to address the specific training gaps identified by the three targeted industry sectors.
“Targeted and tailored training is critical to match the skills of workers with the needs of green businesses,” said Ron Phillips, President of CEI. CEI will target 50 workers, including 30 employees needing skills upgrades and 20 dislocated workers who will move into new jobs.
CEI has already identified a demand for workers in small, environmentally focused businesses that expect to create dozens of jobs. In addition to being constrained by capital for growth, many green firms are also limited in their ability to find adequately trained workers. CEI will work closely with the two workforce Investment Boards in these regions, Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. and the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board to implement the program.
CEI has financed over 40 job-generating green small businesses mobilizing some $14 million of capital investment and creating/retaining over 2,000 jobs for low income and other workers. This 18-month initiative works with CEI’s lending and business counseling services, with a focus on workforce development, to help grow job-creating/retaining green small businesses in Maine.
For more information, contact Gerard Salvo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-882-7552.