Clean Energy Workforce Assessment for WNY
Research to help local colleges and trainers meet the needs of WNY’s clean energy sector
In support of an effort led by The Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE) at UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Alfred State’s College of Technology, UBRI conducted research to help close critical workforce gaps of WNY’s clean energy sector.
The research assesses the educational needs of the clean energy sector for the five county region of Western New York (WNY): Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Allegany. The assessment is meant to inform curricular development for the University at Buffalo and Alfred State, and other SUNY and local academic institutions, as they seek to prepare students for current and future jobs in the expanding field of clean energy. The findings of the workforce assessment can help meet local and state clean energy goals and drive industry growth in WNY.
The work was informed by conversations with more than 20 representatives from clean energy employers of various sizes and sectors – including private and public entities, nonprofits and government – who served on a WNY Clean Energy Advisory Group by attending focus group meetings, or participating in individual interviews.
The work was supported by a Performance Investment Fund grant through the State University of New York (SUNY).
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Read the Report: >a href=””>Clean Energy Workforce Assessment for Western New York, June 2019