URGENT! Seeking Green Employers to Interview for DC Green Workforce Development Study

The DC Green Workforce Development working group is seeking green employers to participate in a short interview (no more than ~30 minutes) on their hiring practices. One of the goals of this project is to identify successes, gaps, and barriers in each stage of the training to workforce pathway, from employer experiences and expectations to training program managers and program trainees. By doing so, we hope to connect each party to resources that can enhance these programs and build networks between them. We are interviewing all potential employers, whether they have or have not hired someone who has gone through a training program. Understanding what makes trainees attractive or unattractive to employers will help in this research so it is just as important to interview employers who have not hired any past trainees.

Who we are: The DC Green Workforce Development Working Group is made up of multiple stakeholders in the DC Metro area. This workgroup formed as a result of the Washington, DC Green Jobs & Workforce Development Roundtable that was hosted by the Alliance in 2019 – a roundtable discussion to hear from training program managers, trainees, and green job hiring and implementation organizations so we could identify their place on the “green jobs” pathway and hear each speaking from their own experiences. Erin O’Grady, the DC Regional Director at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, serves as the working group chair.

 

Purpose of study: The primary goal of this project is to (1) identify successes, gaps, and barriers in each stage of the training to workforce pathway, from employer experiences and expectations to training program managers and program trainees. By doing so, we hope to (2) connect each party to resources that can enhance these programs and build networks between them. Having the perspective of participants is key to achieving these goals!

 

What we want from you: We have prepared a short list of questions (some multiple choice, some short answer) for subjects to answer over a ~15-30 minute Zoom call with the DC Projects Assistant. You are not asked to share any personal information aside from identifying which program you participated in, and your answers will be a part of a greater dataset made up of 30+ respondents. 

 

Those interested in participating should reach out to Mel Throckmorton, DC Projects Assistant at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, via email at mthrockmorton@allianceforthebay.org