Xodus and BGS partner for workforce diversity programme

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 24/08/2021 Xodus
Xodus has announced that it is joining forces with voluntary coalition Browning the Green Space (BGS) to create a workforce programme aimed at increasing the participation of underrepresented populations in the offshore wind industry across Massachusetts, USA.  

The programme, which has received $140,000 of funding from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre, includes a targeted community and education engagement campaign directed at high schools and community colleges in disadvantaged communities.

Target groups include people of colour, indigenous people, women, students in vocational technical education programmes, and unemployed and low-income individuals.  

The programme aims to provide insight into career opportunities that the US offshore wind industry can offer, through two streams, tailored to the different age groups and levels of involvement. High schools and community colleges in disadvantaged areas will be targeted via a community and education engagement campaign, delivering an overview of the offshore wind industry.

Further to that, two distinct paid work experience routes of varying timescales will provide pathways to industry employment – internships lasting for 10 weeks and pre-apprenticeships lasting for six months.

Hillary Bright, US vice president for renewables at Xodus, said: “This program can help show that this new sector is fairer for everyone across the country. We have a once-in-a-generation chance to get this right and show the offshore wind sector as an example in delivering good-paying, high quality jobs for those who have often been underrepresented across the country.

“It’s a socially monumental opportunity to engage in community-driven approaches to champion the need for diversity and inclusivity in the industry and initiatives like this one are crucial to fostering innovation. We want to build an inclusive workplace environment and see this replicated from others so it creates a fairer future for all.”

Kerry Bowie, BGS board president, said: “In the development of the new US offshore wind industry, Massachusetts has a unique opportunity to build the industry and its associated workforce with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion from the ground up.

“We are proud to be a part of this project to highlight and create viable pathways for people from underserved communities to thrive in this burgeoning industry. As local businesses and community leaders, our ability to understand, embrace and operate in our multicultural environment is critical to the long-term sustainability of US’ clean energy ambitions.”