The Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) has been awarded a $5.8 million federal grant from the USDOL through the Green Jobs Innovation Fund to provide training for unemployed and underemployed workers to enter the state's green industry sector.

In total, the Fund awarded six organizations more than $38 million to serve workers in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

The grant program was authorized under the Workforce Investment Act to help workers receive training in green energy jobs. The DOL says the funds will help organizations with existing career training programs leverage Registered Apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeship programs, and community-based partnerships to build sustainable green career pathways.

The grants will assist employers, as well, by providing participants with the training they need for the industry-recognized credentials on which employers rely.

For more information: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/eta20110949.htm