The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is helping to advance training in North America with the first trinational web-based directory listing more than 100 renewable energy training courses .
December 20, 2010
by PLANT STAFF
MONTREAL: Know someone looking for a green job but needs some training?
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is helping to advance training in North America with the first trinational web-based directory. It lists more than 100 renewable energy training courses offered in Canada, Mexico and the US covering solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, bioenergy, hydrogen and fuel cell industries.
The Renewable Energy Training Resources—
Survey and Assessment report commissioned by the CEC this year analyzed the state of renewable energy training in North America and identified opportunities for improvement.
It found that a tri-national collaborative system could help build and share best practices between Canada, Mexico and the US.
Of 235 courses identified, 83% are located in the US, 14% in Canada and only 3% in Mexico. Regional challenges were also identified, including green markets not yet sufficiently established for academic institutions to offer resources, and a lack of qualified trainers.
Institutions providing green training are predominantly colleges and universities (65%), followed by private companies (20%) and associations related to renewable energy or trade unions (close to 10%).
The CEC was established by Canada, Mexico and the US to implement the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, an environmental side accord to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).