Growing a Young Workforce in Chicagoland

 As our industry faces a need to recruit millions of workers over the next few years, it’s time to develop new ways of growing the workforce. A collaboration of 3 Chicago-area organizations have piloted a new program that can offer valuable lessons.
 
The Green Generation (G2) Workforce Development & Sustainability Program helps high school students prepare for quality careers in the green buildings sector and other emerging industries. It was developed by Urban Efficiency Group and launched in the summer of 2021 as a partnership between UEG, , Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), and the University of Illinois’ Indoor Climate Research and Training Group.
 
With a strong lens on equity, G2 dovetails with the values that are consistently expressed by Generation Z. The program delivers training in three areas:
 
Technical – All ten students of the first cohort obtained BPI's Infiltration & Duct Leakage (IDL) and Air Leakage Control Installer (ALCI). They are the youngest people in the country to have earned this distinction. By remaining in the program through their senior year, they can earn a total of six BPI credentials. The 3-year program will equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make informed decisions about their future career path. Upon graduation will be able to show employers a track record of knowledge, commitment, and experience in the fields of home performance and urban sustainability..... read more here