Congressman John Larson (CT-01) applauded a decision today by the Department of Labor to award the State of Connecticut a $5.8 Million federal grant through the "Green Jobs Innovation fund" to support the Connecticut Green Jobs Funnel Initiative. Among the seven Connecticut cities helped by this grant two are from the First Congressional District: Hartford and Bristol.
"At a time when our state is facing 9.1 percent unemployment this grant focuses on the most important issue facing America today: jobs," Congressman Larson said. "This funding will go a long way in ensuring that Connecticut is prepared to be a leader in the industries that will help shape the future of our country. I am very grateful to the Obama Administration and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis for this fantastic grant and congratulate the Connecticut State Department of Labor and their partners for their work in putting in a superb application."
The Green Jobs Innovation Fund grants will help workers receive training in green industry sectors as well as helping existing programs use Registered Apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeship programs, and community-based partnerships to lay the foundation for sustainable green careers.
"The grants announced today are an important part of the administration's efforts to ensure workers have the skills they need to compete and succeed in emerging green industry jobs. More importantly, these grants are smart investments in the people of Connecticut, helping to prepare them for the green energy jobs of today and the green energy economy of the future," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.
The grant awarded to Connecticut is targeted at providing unemployed and underemployed workers with training and credentials to obtain employment in green construction and related industries, to work in jobs such as Brownfield remediation, deconstruction, retrofitting, weatherization and energy management, and construction skilled trades that require green skills.