With inclusion in mind, the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) released a new report this week stating that a diverse, skilled, and supported workforce is required to meet the state’s energy, economic development, and climate goals – and can be achieved through collaboration.
the “Diversity of the workforce in the energy sector, access, inclusion and the fundamental decision for investments: Recommendations for action for the state energy office” The report found that there is room for government energy agencies, universities and the private sector to work together to enhance the diversity of the energy workforce. This could foster competition and innovation and help traditionally underserved communities meet the needs for clean energy and climate.
To achieve this and reduce workforce inequalities, the report notes that state energy agencies and others could start taking measures such as prioritizing training for underrepresented populations, introducing educational programs, supporting job placement for disadvantaged workers or the Provide more public spending to businesses of different ownership and perform workers. You could also partner with Minority Service Institutions (MSIs) for advice on policy making and planning, funding and staff development / training programs.
The report also found that partners could use foundations such as more inclusive sourcing practices, paid internships, and employee surveys to create a more diverse base at the country level and make long-term progress.
The conclusions were often based on data from a joint NASEO-BW research partnership report released earlier this year, and also came from a year-long partnership between NASEO, BW and the Clean Energy Initiative of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Community Development Action Coalition , a non-profit coalition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other MSIs. The effort was supported by the Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity.