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Career Pathways Training Partnerships for High-Efficiency HVAC and Heat Pumps


Career pathways are a critical workforce development tool to support workers’ transition from education and training into specific occupations in an industry sector. Combined with support services such as job placement assistance, they enable individuals to enter various career levels and advance over time to higher skills, recognized credentials, and better jobs with higher pay.

 The same is true for the clean energy industry, which offers tremendous opportunity for growth and upward mobility, particularly in the high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) market, an area that is instrumental both to New York’s economy and to meeting its ambitious climate goals. A key part of New York’s Workforce Development Initiative, this solicitation provides funding to Training Providers who attract students from Priority Populations to HVAC/heat pump careers working specifically with ground source and air source cold climate heat pump applications.

Who is eligible?

Training Providers include high schools, unions, trade associations, community-based and non-profit organizations and community colleges, who engage high school students, out-of-school youth, and unemployed or underemployed adults in high-efficiency HVAC coursework leading directly to jobs or to more advanced technical training, certification, or degrees.

What are the basic requirements?

  • Training Providers must develop partnerships with businesses to provide real work experience through on-the-job training, internships, pre-apprenticeships and/or apprenticeships.
  • Job interviews, job placement preparedness, and other related activities will be required elements of each project.
  • Training development and implementation is expected to complete within 18 to 30 months, with an additional 12-month period for tracking and monitoring the achievements of program graduates.

Additionally, proposals must meet the 50/60/80 requirement:

  • At least 50 percent of trainees must be individuals from Priority Populations.
  • At least 60 percent of students or clean energy businesses served must either live, or serve customers in, SBC/CEF service territories.
  • At least 80 percent of trainees must be placed into a job, internship, or apprenticeship upon program completion.

How much funding is available?

Total funding currently available for this solicitation is $8.5 million, with up to $550,000 per award. Proposals seeking the maximum award amount are required to train a minimum of 50 to 60 students. A minimum cost share of 10 percent is required.

How to Apply

Learn more about the program and apply today!

Find Partners

NYSERDA is hosting an online “Partner Connector” site for PON 4463: Career Pathways Training Partnerships for High-Efficiency HVAC and Heat Pumps. This site will allow interested parties to share their contact information with others seeking to collaborate on the funding opportunity.

Participants will be granted log-in access to the Partner Connector and may use the information on the site to contact potential partners and explore collaboration on PON 4463 activities. NYSERDA will not engage in matchmaking or other activities to influence the preparation of applications.

Register for the PON 4463 Partner Connector

Contact wfinfo@nyseda.ny.gov with questions about the Partner Connector.

Training Resources Available

NYSERDA has developed training material on Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pump sizing and design that is available for use in training programs.

Training materials can be found on the Training Resources page.