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  • About Central Boards, Green Economy research partnership:Collaborated to research and report on Green Economy in three installmentsa. First report, Greening the Economy: Transitioning to New Careers, identified industries and occupations that will be playing a leading role in the GTA in the transition to a green economy and provides guidelines for transitioning workers into those industries and occupations.b. Second report, Transitioning to a Green Economy: The Bottom Line for Ontario’s Businesses contributed 10 case studies and over 100 profiles of occupations affected by the emerging green economyc. Third report, Tending Green Shots, examines the transition to a green economy from the education and training perspectiveNeed to grow green careers :A recent article in the Globe (April 22, “Students seek more fulfilling jobs in green field”)reiterates the growing interest and opportunity arising out of green industry jobs, particularly among youth noting:“Our surveys find that young people are seeking out specialized green education programs because they want to make the world a better place,” Mr. Trump says.And it helps that the training can lead to solid employment. Its study found that the number of Canadians who work as environmental specialists has risen close to 700,000 today from about 250,000 10 years ago, and that about 2.2 million Canadian workers perform environmental activities for at least part of their time on the job.This articles parallels similar discussions we continue to have with Green Industry experts, who indicate new opportunities will continue to emerge beyond the original talent pool of engineers, architects and interior designers. As a result, green industry awareness, education, and training programs are targeting a wide range of employment sectors, starting with real estate, skilled trades and construction management.For Toronto, transitioning in green careers remains a workforce development priority given that numerous opportunities to develop “green” skills will expand with support of the City of Toronto’sinvestments in the green economy through such programs as Tower Renewal, Live Green, EnergyRetrofit Assistance Program and Partners in Project Green.
  • Trade, Utilities & Construction, are being driven by renewable energy and urban development project. The need for new homes has resulted in more interest in “green construction” and the number of buildings that meet LEED (Leading Environmental Efficiency Design) Gold Standard certification jumped from April 2011 to March 2012 by 88%. Toronto is Canada’s leading city in constructing LEED-certified buildings. The creation of thousands of new construction jobs is anticipated in Toronto with the start of several large projects, including work on the 2015 Pan American Games and the expansion and modernization of Toronto’s transit system.Manufacturing, may be the industry most affected by the emergence of the green economy in terms of both direct and in direct jobs. Manufacturing plants that are “going green” are creating new demand for managers, engineers, laborers, operators and material handlers who are green specialist. As well the increase in alternative energy has placed new demands for the manufacturing of wind turbines(mostly manufactured outside in Greater Toronto Area)Retail Trade, is being driven by the consumer demands for green products/services. In particular, the retail food industry (which is tied with food & beverage manufacturing) is being driven by consumer demands for local, organic, ethnic food accompanied by eco-friendly packaging.
  • Many employers are pursuing greening initiatives because it is a “triple bottom line”: inspired by the greater good, demand from consumers for green products/practices, and increasing number of government incentives for greening(as well as regulations and legislation that require it)
  • As we transition to a green economy there is a shift from traditional jobs to new jobs that require new skills.In effort to bridge the KSAO gap, the third installment in Green Economy Series “Tending Green Shoots” identified what types of education and training programs are available and what typology of skills (primary & secondary) are developed to help job seekers access and integrate into emerging green careers.
  • A broad range of skills and knowledge are needed for job seekers to take advantage of the numerous employment opportunities arising within the green economy. Green skills can range from knowing how to plant and care for a garden, to conducting cutting edge research in renewable energy technologies, to understanding one’s impact on the environment when leaving the light on in vacant rooms.Major findingsThis report demonstrated a multitude of groups and organizations contributing to efforts towards sustainable practices. These programs target the full range of audience, from children and students, to low-skilled labour to highly skilled professionals. Green Skills Training providers continue to respond to the need of the marketplace to move quickly and develop training content.Formal training is delivered by education and training bodies and professional associations. While informal green skills building programs are delivered by local community agencies. The vast majority of informal/soft skill building programs are provided at vey low or no costs, while many formal skill training programs take considerable financial resources and time. Overall funding tends to be targeted, project based and short-term.In terms of the skills developed, most programs are designed to develop technical skills. Education institutions, businesses, industry, labour groups and professional associations deliver two thirds of technical programs (67). Approx. one third of the programs train participants on basic knowledge and routine skills. NGOS, not-for-profits, and community organizations are the key providers of general knowledge and basic skill programs. Relatively few programs are primarily focused on developing business skills, entrepreneurship and innovations. NGOs, not-for-profits and community groups deliver most of the programs in this category.
  • The green skills training providers noted above proved to have a unique approach to training and education which included meeting particular needs of diverse learning groups as well as supporting the growth of green skill development across a wide scope of the economyUnique components of training and education:Partners in Project Green: built around business-to-business collaborations with companies in the Pearson Eco-business Zone interested in implementing sustainable business practices such as waste and energy management, water conservation, green space improvements, as well as productivity improvements, proving them with a platform for learning and sharing. It is a cooperative model centered on skills and capacity building, helping businesses leverage training resources and share knowledge. The program is aimed to lower the barriers of access to employment in new green employment opportunities for underemployed local youth.Canadian Green Building Council: Toronto Chapter: Leading national industry organization advancing green building and sustainable community development practices. Programs and services attract a wide range of professionals who are already in the green building sector, or who are beginning to pursue green careers. Toronto Chapter hold 8-10 events throughout the year for networking in addition to training and educationHumber College: Provides a wide range of continuing education courses, certificates and diplomas to address current and future skill needs in the green economy. As well, they work collaboratively with industry organizations and stand setting bodies to gauge emerging skills needs of businesses in the region.Ontario Solar Academy: Private sector training institute that delivers intensive programs in photovoltaic(PV) installation and maintenance Programs range form beginners to seasoned veterans and are designed to meet North American Certification Board in Energy Production Standards. Program is target to a mixed group of people, which include: tradespeople, laid off workers interested in career changes, people currently in the solar field who want to learn more about the technical and design aspects of systems installations, and recent graduates from universities interested in hands-on technical training.Charlie’s Freewheel: A social enterprise and youth training program in the Moss Park-Regent Park area of Toronto. Youth are provided training on bicycle mechanics and bike safety, as well as providing an opportunity to run a sustainable bike mechanics business. The social enterprise is steered by youth and has six fulltime youth employees, all graduate of the training programWindfall Ecology Centre: Non-profit social enterprise, runs the Repower Ontario Project, a one week, fee-based program focused on introducing participants to emerging opportunities within the green economy, developed out of Windfall Centre’s popular York Ranger Internship Program. Targeted for individuals in career transition, businesses looking to take advantage of the opportunities in the green economy. It is a blended learning model with both in-class and distance learning components. Program remains flexiable to cater to unique group of cohorts while providing a sound overview.Green Skills Network: First Work: Works in partnership with community based agencies and employers in solar PV, conservation retrofitting, and weatherization industries to provide youth across Ontario with short-term , intensive, accessible training. Primary goal is to help clients in EO agencies pave entry level jobs in the green economy. Foodshare: An innovative non-profit organization that takes a multifaceted and long-term approach to hunger and food issues in the GTA. Combines environment and social justice in a grassroots program delivery which consist of advocacy for social assistance reform, job creation and training, nutrition and training, nutrition education, farmland preservation and campaigns for comprehensive food labeling. Green Change: Offers workshops, course and community development activities on sustainability in the Jane-Finch Community. The free workshops have attracted approx. 70 participants, mostly youth. Works in collaboration with Jan-Finch Green Jobs Coalition, Local Unions, Green Workers Cooperative, Community Catering Services and other community and environmental development projects underway.Toronto Environmental Alliance: Environmental and social justice advocacy organization operating in the City of Toronto. Worked in partnership with Toronto Community Housing and ACRON to implement programs that educate low-income tenants in high rises and town homes about energy efficiency and conservation.
  • NGOs & Community Groups-Delivering large # of programs focusing on: Sustainable living, environmental stewardship, comprehensive green-Target audiences: specific segments of population which include new immigrants, youth and special needs adultsBusiness, Industry, Labour & Professional Associations-Delivering large # of programs focusing on :Energy generation and Environmental Stewardship-Target audiences: 44% those already employed or looking for employment, with 17 programs aimed at skilled labour. * However, many private businesses have internal employee training programs which are not publicized, and therefore unable to be captured in research. Education Institutions-Delivering large # of programs focusing on: Enviormental stewardship, Comprehensive Green and Energy Generation-Target audiences: 42% Students and children, with 16 programs specifically aimed at skilled labour
  • Growing Green Careers

    1. 1. Supriya Latchman, Manager, Partnerships & ProjectsToronto Workforce Innovation GroupEducational Alliance for a Sustainable Ontario, June 14th, 2013Growing Green Careers
    2. 2. Toronto Workforce Innovation GroupLocal Workforce Planning: Building a resilient, competitive andtalented workforce2
    3. 3. Central Ontario Workforce Planning Boards3
    4. 4. Green Workforce Planning Partnerships:Building skills and transitioning into a green workforce4
    5. 5. 5Growing Green CareersIn Emerging Green Industries
    6. 6. Greening the Economy, Series 1:Transitioning to New CareersEmerging Green Industries1. Utilities-Renewable energygeneration & distribution2. Construction- Heavy andCivil Engineering; specialty tradecontractors3. Manufacturing- physical orchemical transformation ofmaterials/substances into newproducts4. Retail Trade- sales renderedby stores and non-store retailers6
    7. 7. Greening the Economy, Series 2:The Bottom Line for Ontario’s BusinessesKey Enterprises leadingGreen Initiatives:1. ECO Building Resource2. Fifth Light Technology3. Grand & Toy4. Hubbell Canada5. Husky Injection Molding SystemsLtd.6. Oetiker Limited7. Travelodge Barrie8. Urbanspace Property Group9. YourSolarHome10. Blue-Zone Technologies7
    8. 8. 8Green Skills DevelopmentBridging the Gap with 300+ Green Skills Building Programs in the GTA
    9. 9. Greening the Economy, Series 3:Tending Green Shoots, Green Skills Building Programs in the GTA9
    10. 10. 10Unique approaches to greentraining and education from:1. Partners in Project Green2. Canadian Green Building Council(CAGBC): Toronto Chapter3. Humber College4. Ontario Solar Academy5. Charlie’s Freewheel6. Windfall Ecology Centre7. Green Skills Network: First Work8. Foodshare9. Green Change10. Toronto Environmental Alliance(TEA)Green Skills Building Programs
    11. 11. 11Green Themes1. Energy Generation anddistribution2. Energy Conservation3. EnvironmentalRemediation andStewardship4. Sustainable living5. Comprehensive GreenGreen Skills Building Programs
    12. 12. Green Occupation Profile: Utilities• Transferable Skills• Utilities and Construction Management• Electrical Engineering and Technician• Educational Programs and Certifications• Construction and Maintenance Electrician• Electronics EngineeringTechnician/Technology• Environmental Systems EngineeringTechnology-Energy Management Program• Sustainable Energy• Water Distribution and Supply• Additional Occupations forConsideration• Civil Engineer• Emerging Energy Researcher• Energy Auditor• Wastewater Collection and TreatmentOperator• Wind Energy Developer12
    13. 13. Green Occupation Profile: Manufacturing• Transferable Skills• Motor vehicle assembly, inspection & testing• Material/Machine Handling & Processing in Food& Beverage and Plastics• Educational Programs and Certifications• Industrial Mechanic Millwright• Mechanical Engineering-Technician/Technology• Materials Engineer• Quality Assurance- Manufacturing &Management• Additional Occupations for Consideration• Air Quality Engineer• Biochemist• Chemical Technician• Environmental Chemist• Environmental Engineer• Hazardous Materials Specialist• Industrial Designer• Process Engineer13
    14. 14. Green Occupation Profile: Retail Trade• Transferable Skills• Retail Sales and Management• Automotive service technician/repairs:trucks, buses and machines• Educational Programs and Certifications• Business Administration• Customer Service• Additional Occupations forConsideration• Environmental Technical Sales Persons• Sustainability Advisor or Expert14
    15. 15. Green Occupation Profile: Financial Services• Transferable Skills• Customer Service in Banking, Insurances andOther Financial services• Banking, Credit and Investment Management• Financial, Investment and Economic Analysis• Educational Programs and Certifications• Environmental Economics• Environmental Studies• Environmental Management• Additional Occupations forConsideration• Recycling Coordinator• Compliance Promotion Specialist• Energy Auditor• Environmental Assessment Analyst, PolicyAnalyst or Auditor15
    16. 16. 16For more labour market informationwww.workforceinnovation.caPhone: 416 934 1653Fax: 416 934 1653215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 350Toronto, ON M5T 2C7
    17. 17. Workforce Planning Boards: Central RegionDurham Region Local Training Boardwww.drltb.comPeel Halton Workforce Development Groupwww.peelhaltonworkforce.comSimcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Boardwww.smwdb.comToronto Workforce Innovation Groupwww.workforceinnovation.caWorkforce Planning Board of York Regionwww.wpboard.ca17