City Announces $1 Million Investment in Organizations Developing Innovative Workforce Solutions and Outlines Strategies to Address Long-Standing Workforce Challenges

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February 16, 2021 - 10:33am

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The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce—in partnership with Philadelphia’s economic and workforce development partners—today announced a renewed strategic commitment to address workforce challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and that have been exacerbated by long-standing racial inequity and injustice.  the City, through the Workforce Solutions Grant, also announced an investment of $1 million in organizations and programs that will intentionally identify, elevate, and address the specific challenges Black, brown, and other historically disadvantaged residents face when preparing for and entering the workforce. One of four organizations that received funding through the Workforce Solutions Grant is the Philadelphia Energy Authority, which will utilize the funds to develop and launch the new Green Retrofit Immersive Training (GRIT) Program, which has three core components: an 11-week hybrid training including hands-on labs, a 6-week internship rehabilitating affordable housing units, and placement into living wage jobs with contractors performing green home retrofits. The Philadelphia Energy Authority was awarded $250,000 for this work. 

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Kevin Lessard, "City Announces $1 Million Investment in Organizations Developing Innovative Workforce Solutions and Outlines Strategies to Address Long-Standing Workforce Challenges", contributed by Morgan Sarao, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 16 February 2021, accessed 26 November 2022. https://energyrights.info/content/city-announces-1-million-investment-organizations-developing-innovative-workforce-solutions