Northeast Energy Sector Training Partnership
In association with the Massachusetts State Energy Sector Partnership (MA-SESP), NESP is a partnership of three MA workforce investment boards and one-stop career centers; businesses in the renewable energy/energy efficiency RE/EE field; three community colleges; labor representatives and may include in the future vocational-technical schools and community-based organizations.
The purpose of the partnership and grant is to create an integrated system of education and training that promotes skill attainment and career pathway development benefiting both business and workers in the RE/EE sector.
NESP Supports Training
With funds originating at the US Department of Labor, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this grant will work to support training for the North Shore, Greater Lowell, and Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board regions’ unemployed, underemployed and incumbent workers and companies in energy efficient building, construction and retrofit, renewable electric power, biofuels, energy efficiency assessment, sustainable manufacturing, environmental protection and green construction.
Our Shared Objectives:
- Build upon our commonalities as regions comprising an array of urban and suburban centers to create training and employment opportunities that avoid duplication, create economies of scale, provide access and mobility through career ladders for dislocated, disadvantaged, and incumbent workers, and help small and large businesses to flourish.
- Continue development and support (through workforce training) of current and emerging businesses in green building, biofuels, and industries that clean and enhance the environment, while increasingly capitalizing on unique strengths of our regions in the area of precision manufacturing and agriculture/forestry.
Guided By Green Ethos
The partnership will be guided by a long-established “green ethos” in our region which goes beyond a narrow focus on clean energy or green jobs alone, to embrace the concept of a green economy in which the interconnectedness of good jobs, sustainable business, and healthy communities is recognized.
The NESP Goal
The NESP program will bring businesses, workforce development organizations and educators together with local residents to provide critical occupational training and opportunities to enter the clean/green industry and support and build our regional economy. The goal of the program is to work with over 200 individuals over the next two years in securing both employment as well as enhancing their skills.