March 20, 2008
The green industry is a $40 billion market and increasing quickly. In many sectors of the green industry, including tree care, there is a job for every trained worker available. Some communities have caught on and are offering adult workforce training to expose high school graduates and at-risk young adults to these career opportunities. Particularly, the partnership between urban youth and trees diversifies the green industry’s work force and makes green areas more accessible to urban communities.
Adult Workforce Training Resource List
Renee Toll-Dubois, Executive Director, Eagle Eye Institute (Boston, MA)
Eagle Eye Institute’s Green Industry Career Pathway is a transformational program for YouthBuild students that bridges interested participants to careers in arboriculture and the green industry. The program opens the eyes of urban youth to green careers by involving them in hands-on, interactive programs to raise awareness, build knowledge, and develop marketable skills.
Karen Brook, Field Director, Trees Forever (Marion, IA)
Growing Futures is an active, hands-on educational program that provides many opportunities for participants to develop skills in leadership and cooperation. Each week the young women and men in the program have the opportunity to explore a new natural resource or environmental career field and grow as individuals through related service projects.
Brown Bag attendees will learn:
* How the programs got started and what partnerships are key.
* What’s in it for employers and what is their commitment.
* What career paths are included and excluded.
* How to encourage peer leadership.
* How to expand a successful program.
About the Brown Bag Lunch Series
The Brown Bag Lunch Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast series held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.
Register for the Adult Workforce Training Brown Bag Lunch Series.