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Training Tennessee's Upcoming Workforce the EnergyRight Way

  • 1.  Training Tennessee's Upcoming Workforce the EnergyRight Way

    BPA Staff Member
    Posted 05-24-2022 11:52

    Last month during the Building Performance Association (BPA)'s National Home Performance Conference in Nashville, BPA and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) co-hosted an offsite workforce development workshop at Goodwill's training facility.

    This event showcased TVA and Goodwill's pilot partnership to create a viable pipeline of qualified workforce entrants into construction and energy efficiency-related jobs by integrating building science into a construction training course. Along with a detailed tour of the facility, invitees to the event convened, discussing a roadmap to create sustainable models for future workforce development efforts.

    TVA and Goodwill's program is making news, and rightfully so. As stated in Nashville news organization WKRN's article on the event, "As construction continues to boom throughout Middle Tennessee, many contractors are struggling to find enough workers. Goodwill's month-long construction and weatherization training program is working to fulfill this need while also helping underserved residents in Nashville find jobs."

    Frank Rapley, Senior Manager of TVA EnergyRight, said that many contractors in their quality contractor network hire the graduates of this program. "The vision is that their students will come in here and they can get their general construction training, then they'll learn about energy efficiency, and weatherization, and all the things that we do in our programs, and then our contractors can hire them and bring them into the industry so they can get good-paying jobs and start to careers."

    View a short video from the event and continue reading on the eJournal.

    Macie Melendez
    Editor in Chief, Building Performance eJournal
    Building Performance Association
    Moon Township PA