Energy-Efficient Workforce Design in a Rapidly Advancing Technological Workplace
Looking to the future of building science and technology, the most important aspect that stakeholders must take into account is the sector’s impact on climate change. This responsibility necessitates the adoption of an in-depth energy efficiency program, with the sector leading the way in mitigating its environmental impact and going beyond standard green practices.
Numerous studies show that disadvantaged communities disproportionately are affected by climate change, making it imperative that these communities are integrated into the planning and implementation of any deep green energy efficiency programs.
The successful development of careers and expansion of market opportunities in energy efficient construction necessitates local access to construction projects – a goal that can be achieved through pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs with a clear path to hiring a highly-skilled and sustainable workforce.
Municipalities like the Los Angeles Unified School District successfully established pre-apprenticeship training programs that partnered with local unions to ensure the hiring population was not only properly trained, but also populated with local hires. The LAUSD We Build Pre-Apprenticeship Program was established to increase local access to and participation in the construction industry; it has successfully trained 2,145 Los Angeles County residents since its inception.