United Way of Long Island has scored a $249,000 New York State workforce development grant.
The funding is for United Way’s Power Up Wind, Solar & Renewables training program.
The free, high-skilled training program is designed to foster a path for culturally diverse young adults who are interested in building careers in renewable energy, clean tech, offshore wind, solar and advanced manufacturing. The grant aims to reward innovative, best practices that reduce the barriers to participation for high-need communities.
The program was developed with input from industry partners to ensure it is responsive to industry needs, as well as providing trainees transferable and industry-recognized skills, according to New York State.
“The most important investment we can make is in the people of New York,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement about the workforce development grants.
“Our new Office of Strategic Workforce Development will support the needs of New York’s businesses while providing resources to training programs that are removing long-standing barriers to the training and skills necessary to thrive in the workforce of the future,” she added.
The funding is part of more than $7 million in grants to 14 separate projects across the state.
The grants will support the training of more than 3,700 trainees, for more than 100 employer-partners in New York.