Massachusetts is to help fund a number of training initiatives for the state’s emerging offshore wind energy industry.
The Baker-Polito Administration unveiled plans to provide US$721,500 in grants to six academic institutions and labour organisations to establish workforce training and development programmes.
The awards include US$200,000 from Vineyard Wind’s Windward Workforce Fund.
Governor Baker said, “Bipartisan energy legislation signed in 2016 put Massachusetts in position to build the first large-scale offshore wind project in the US and continue our leadership as a hub for the offshore wind industry on the east coast.
“As we prepare for the construction and installation of offshore wind projects, these grants will help establish a network of critical training programmes in the Commonwealth to support local workers as they build this new frontier for American energy.”
Lieutenant Governor Polito said, “Growing a workforce for the construction, installation, and operation of offshore wind will create opportunities for Massachusetts residents to take advantage of the thousands of jobs created by this emerging industry. We are pleased to collaborate with Vineyard Wind, the offshore wind industry, our local colleges, and organised labour to pioneer these programmes for worker safety and technical training.”
The six training programmes will lay the groundwork for a broad-based network for offshore wind workforce training in Massachusetts, which will enable Massachusetts workers to secure jobs in offshore wind.
They will offer basic safety and technical training to internationally recognised standards and address a diverse mix of workforce training target areas including career introduction courses, technician and professional certificates while providing targeted support for the Vineyard Wind project and future offshore wind construction.
The institutions receiving funding are: