Jobs and training for California's workforce: UC Berkeley's Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy examines Prop 39

Sustainable Industries, May 27 2013

Executive Summary

A new study by UC Berkeley's Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy offers a conservative mid-range estimate that 3,410 direct "person-year" *** jobs will be created by $550 million spent annually in California on energy efficiency projects through the voter-approved Proposition 39, a five-year plan for energy projects in the state's public schools and facilities. Two-thirds of these direct jobs are estimated to be in the skilled construction trades, of which 95 will be entry-level, first-year apprentice jobs each year.

The study estimates that Proposition 39 investments will create 7,843 total person-year jobs, including indirect and induced jobs.

The report says that:
*Proposition 39 could create additional jobs if some of the funds are used to leverage additional financing for energy projects.
*It estimates 4,340 direct person-year jobs for $50 million per year invested in a revolving loan fund and 5,270 direct person-year jobs for $100 million per year invested in a revolving loan fund, assuming that remaining funds go to direct grants for projects.
*California can leverage its extensive existing training infrastructure to train workers critical to carrying out Proposition 39 projects successfully.
*Construction workers who carry out energy efficiency retrofits and clean energy installations will be trained via the state-certified apprenticeship system.
*Funding will be needed for pre-apprenticeship training programs to prepare disadvantaged workers for entry-level apprentice positions.
*Up to 30,000 school maintenance and operations workers across the state who impact the energy performance of school buildings may also need training.
*These training programs for energy efficient building operations and maintenance could build upon existing partnerships and curricula.

(***A "person-year job" means one full-time job for one year)


For more information, contact researcher Carol Zabin at zabin@berkeley.edu or 510.642.9176

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