Weatherization Assistance Program Enhancement and Innovation (WAP E&I) Project
The Green Workforce Connect platform is here!
As the weatherization and energy efficiency industry grows, Green Workforce Connect aims to hire a new generation of home energy professionals. Led in collaboration with IREC and leading national, state, and local partners, Weatherization Assistance Program stakeholders, community based organizations, and a project Advisory Group, Green Workforce Connect includes an interactive online platform, multimedia outreach campaign and toolkit, and contractor guide.
Green Workforce Connect is a collaboration to raise awareness of weatherization industry careers and connect job seekers, students, and contractors to local training providers and employers. The new platform includes information on various weatherization roles including detailed descriptions, salary, advancement prospects, and experience required; unique and real career stories and videos; blog posts and a quiz; template job descriptions for organizations to use; and a way for job seekers to connect directly to active organizations.
The outreach and engagement toolkit includes a variety of pre-made and customizable materials to help organizations raise awareness about weatherization and recruit great candidates.
In addition to the platform and outreach toolkit, the Contractor’s Guide to Success is designed to provide both new and existing contractors with valuable insights, strategies, and resources to thrive as a contractor performing work in the Weatherization Assistance Program. The guide, which focuses on minority and women-owned businesses, covers essential topics, from business management and technical skills to customer service and compliance.
Before Green Workforce Connect resources are deployed to a national audience, they are currently being piloted in three states—Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—within 17 communities. Stay tuned for more updates!
About the Project
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $2 million grant to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) to lead a data-driven campaign to strengthen and diversify the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) workforce.
Over the next three years, in partnership with local WAP agencies and their communities, IREC will develop, pilot, and deploy an outreach campaign to raise awareness of and interest in WAP careers.
Ultimately, the project aims to help the WAP program hire a new generation of WAP workers, including women, opportunity youth, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), and other underrepresented groups.
The project will include the development of a multimedia outreach toolkit and engagement platform, along with technical assistance and contractor outreach to help the WAP and local Subgrantees grow the workforce needed to impact more families nationwide.
Pilot Phase Will Refine Materials and Strategies Before National Rollout
Before the program resources are deployed to a national audience, they will be piloted in three states—Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
The pilot phase will include an outreach campaign, recruitment toolkit, and interactive online engagement platform for job seekers to learn more about WAP careers.
It will include strategic outreach to local community-based organizations, weatherization contractors, and other stakeholders to develop a robust pipeline of diverse workers with access to family-sustaining careers.
By working with a national Advisory Group, the project partners will ensure that the recruitment materials meet local community needs and include practices that can be used more broadly during the national rollout.
Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about the Weatherization Assistance Program Enhancement and Innovation (WAP E&I) Project!
Partners on the project include the Building Performance Institute, the Clean Energy Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence, National Association for State Community Services Programs, Slipstream, State of Wisconsin Department of Administration (Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources), State of Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies, National Community Action Partnership (NCAP), and Service Year Alliance.