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NYSERDA-Funded Clean Energy Career Training Prepares People for Green Jobs

After filling out stacks of applications, calling to inquire about every want ad and looking for jobs at the local mall every day, Derrick McCall was getting frustrated that his persistent pursuit of work had yet to yield results. He was ready to make a dramatic change in his life and learn marketable new skills.

Fortunately, Derrick learned about YouthBuild Schenectady, a career development program that is offered through the Northeast Parent & Child Society and provides GED and construction training. Northeast Parent & Child Society works with a number of community partners in the Capital District to help protect children, preserve families and strengthen the communities it serves. NYSERDA provides funding to Northeast Parent & Child Society in support of the organization’s workforce development program, which prepares young adults, ages 18 to 24, for green job opportunities in New York’s clean energy economy.

NYSERDA funded clean energy training 

In addition to learning advanced construction skills, Derrick picked up valuable communication, presentation and leadership skills that he will use throughout his career. Through his YouthBuild training, Derrick earned certification from the Building Performance Institute (BPI), which helped him secure a job as an insulation technician with heating, cooling and energy specialists, ZeroDraft. ZeroDraft is a participating contractor in NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program. Employment opportunities are growing in the Home Performance market and lead to sustainable careers for workers interested in making a difference in the clean energy economy.

Derrick continues to learn new lessons every day, whether it is how to analyze and diagnose a problem in a home or how to work with his ZeroDraft colleagues. If not for YouthBuild and his career training, Derrick says he would be a man without a GED or a job. Today, he has a stable and rewarding career helping people save money on their energy bills.

Derrick is grateful for the funding that supports similar training programs across the state. “So many people need to find jobs and they don’t know how. A place that provides help to people who need jobs, want to better themselves and don’t want to settle for what they have . . . it’s so important.”


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Last Updated: 07/01/2014