House Natural Resources Committee has passed a bipartisan bill (H.R. 3068
'Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act') which seeks to educate and train
a workforce for the offshore wind sector in the United States. The bill
would authorise $25 million dollars annually to prepare American workers
for the installation and operation of offshore wind farms.
Authored by Bourne Congressman Bill Keating and cosponsored by Congressman
Joe Kennedy III, it aims in assisting colleges and universities, state
and local governments, unions, and non-profits develop curricula, internships,
health and safety programs, and other activities deemed appropriate to
advance an offshore wind workforce. It would prioritise grants to community
colleges and organizations that service minority populations, and those
helping workers from other industries transition to the offshore wind industry.
“Offshore wind energy won’t only bring clean, affordable energy to our
homes and businesses, it will create jobs and empower local economies throughout
New England and across our country,” said Congressman Joe Kennedy.
“As this emerging industry continues to grow, we must ensure American
workers are prepared to capitalize on this economic opportunity with good
jobs, worker protections and the strength and support of labor unions.
With the Natural Resources Committee’s passage of the Offshore Wind Jobs
and Opportunity Act, we are moving closer to building a Blue Economy that
will lift up working families.”
“Southeastern Massachusetts is one of the country’s preeminent hubs
of the blue economy,” said Congressman Keating. “And, there are
already important programs being launched to develop the workforce needed
for the offshore wind industry. In my home town of Bourne, the unveiling
of the first in the nation Offshore Wind Training Facility at the Massachusetts
Maritime Academy put a unique piece of training infrastructure that will
allow students a place to train on the specific safety procedures required
by the industry. On Martha’s Vineyard, an innovative partnership between
Bristol Community College, Adult Education Martha’s Vineyard, and Vineyard
Power is about to launch a course of study to provide high school students,
as well as continuing learners, with the opportunity to obtain college
credit and job training for the offshore wind industry while on the island.
Our community is setting the stage for the rest of the country as we look
to a sustainable energy future in the offshore wind sector. The Offshore
Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act aims to support and expand these programs
here at home in Massachusetts, and to create opportunities for coastal
communities across the nation to develop their own workforce as offshore
wind projects advance.”
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