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Clean Energy Training for (Pre-) Apprentices and Journey Workers


NYSERDA is seeking proposals to grow a diverse, equitable, and inclusive pipeline of skilled talent for the clean energy labor market to meet the requirements of a clean energy economy and advance the climate equity and just transition goals of New York’s Climate Act. Projects funded through this solicitation are intended to create and/or expand the capacity of Direct Entry Pre-apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship programs as a pathway to high-quality, family supporting jobs. Eligible initiatives must include clean energy technical training in target areas (developing new or expanding existing clean energy training capacity) and hands-on experience for pre-apprentices, apprentices, and/or journey workers, ensuring they have the skills and qualifications required to meet the demands of a clean energy economy.

How much funding is available?

NYSERDA will accept proposals requesting up to $750,000 per project commensurate with the scale of training proposed. Projects that further include K-12 career awareness and outreach can access up to an additional $150,000 in NYSERDA funding for a maximum project total of up to $900,000. Cost share is not required but encouraged.

What are the basic requirements?

For Registered Apprenticeship Programs and journey worker training, a minimum of 50% of training participants must be from Disadvantaged Communities or Priority Populations. Projects that include Direct Entry Pre-apprenticeship Programs must ensure that at least 50% of training participants are from Disadvantaged Communities. Projects that exclusively train individuals from Disadvantaged Communities or Priority Populations will be given higher consideration.

Additionally, all projects must:

  • Be carried out by experienced and qualified Training Providers.
  • Explain the types of jobs/occupations and associated skills that trainees will be prepared for after training is completed.
  • Include the delivery of technical training in one or more of the applicable technology areas and prepare workers for expansion or entry into clean energy jobs in New York.
  • Provide workforce preparation activities (e.g., job readiness, coaching/mentoring, financial literacy) and wraparound services (e.g., care coordination, transportation, child support services, mental health counseling) and/or stipends to support individuals with barriers to employment.
  • Continue training after NYSERDA funding has been exhausted.

For any K-12 career awareness and outreach element, at least 50% of participating schools or afterschool/summer programs must be located in a Disadvantaged Community or serve a majority of students from Disadvantaged Communities.

Who is eligible to apply?

Entities that are eligible for funding under this Program, “Training Providers,” include:

  • A bona fide labor organization
  • A labor management committee or a training center affiliated with a bona fide labor organization
  • An active New York State Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program or Direct Entry Pre-apprenticeship Program affiliated with a bona fide labor organization.

Eligible "Training Providers" should have a demonstrated history of training and placing individuals from Disadvantaged Communities or Priority Populations into training programs or jobs in the relevant technology area(s).

What are the eligible technology areas?

  • Building electrification and enabling energy efficiency technologies and practices to support electrification (e.g., heat pumps, geothermal, thermal energy network systems, advanced building controls, high-performance envelope, and weatherization)
  • Renewable energy generation, interconnection, transmission, distribution, and storage
  • Electric vehicle charging station installation and repair.

Which training initiatives can be funded?

  • Curriculum development or modification
  • Technical training delivery (online, classroom, on-site, etc.)
  • Equipment purchased for hands-on training, virtual reality training, and mobile training labs
  • Training of trainers
  • Mentorship programs
  • Development or expansion of pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. (PON 4000 further provides incentives for pre-apprentices)
  • K-12 career awareness and outreach programs and activities
  • Marketing and outreach directed to recruiting individuals from Disadvantaged Communities and Priority Populations

How to Apply

Learn more about the program and how to apply on the Apprenticeship and Pre-apprenticeship Clean Energy Training Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. solicitation page.

Find Partners!

Connect with other training providers by signing up for our Partner Connector or search directly for registered labor organizations Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. and Direct Entry Pre-apprenticeship programs Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Still Have Questions?

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