ERIC Number: EJ1005729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Reference Count: 5
From Policy to Training: The Conundrum of Green Jobs
Rose, Amy D.
Adult Learning, v24 n1 p47-49 Feb 2013
This journal issue about green jobs resulted from a preconference held at the 2011 American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Interested in exploring the ways that green jobs training is being approached in the United States, this preconference seemed like an excellent way to introduce two new special interest groups (SIGs), Labor/Workforce Education and Sustainability and Environmental Adult Education. It was felt that this important aspect of the adult education world needed to be explored more fully. This author states that the current focus on green jobs is not really about an environmental discourse; rather, it focuses on careers, career paths, and job forecasting and improving the working conditions of low- to middle-skilled jobs. The initiative for green jobs training was a result of a confluence of two major concerns. The first was the increasing loss of jobs among workers whose skills had become obsolete. At the same time, increasing concern over environmental issues was leading to a growth of technological innovation in the energy field. Green jobs training seemed like a perfect combination of the two concerns. It combined job training with projected areas of growth. Federal grants promoted the idea that the jobs were there for those with the skills. This recent focus on careers and green jobs shifts away from advocacy about environmental issues and social justice to the promotion of green technology and a workforce development perspective. This issue of "Adult Learning" begins to consider the perspectives and issues of this topic.
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Continuing Education, Job Training, Environmental Education, Sustainability, Training Methods, Training Objectives, Educational Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana; United States