Washington D.C.--Congressman Jim Matheson said today that energy training partnership grants totaling nearly $7 million will assist Utah energy production and transit workers in Utah . The money is part of the $500 million in green jobs training made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“This program is designed to help train the workforce we need in the new energy efficiency and renewable energy jobs,” said Matheson. “It speaks well of the Utah training programs and partnerships that they are receiving this funding.”
Matheson said two Utah entities will participate:
- The Utah Transit Authority Amalgamated Transit Union Local 382--the $5 million grant to the Transit Green Jobs Training Partnership will help prepare workers for careers in public transportation
- The Ironworkers and Employers Apprenticeship Training and Journeyman fund--the $1.9 million grant to this fund targets dislocated workers for retraining in the wind energy industry.
Matheson said that the Utah Transit Authority has orders for 20 new hybrid buses and that this grant will help train drivers and mechanics on the new energy-efficient technology