The Employment Development Department, or EDD, announced Tuesday it has awarded more than $648,000 for the Supply Chain and Worker Readiness Program, an integral part of Humboldt County's groundbreaking offshore wind energy project.
The program is designed to facilitate workforce development efforts over the entire offshore wind project lifecycle and will utilize funds for research, community preparation, and workforce partner development.
The funding will also be applied towards the education and capacity building of local businesses to meet Humboldt County's long-term workforce needs while this new industry is established.
"This offshore wind project will give regional workers access to industry-focused training, supportive services, and employment opportunities," said EDD Director Nancy Farias. "As our economy evolves, EDD and its regional workforce development partners are focused on preparing California's workforce for these new opportunities."
The program will be administered by Humboldt County's Economic Development Division in tandem with the Humboldt County Workforce Development Board, or WDB.
WDB staff will work with program beneficiaries to develop an emerging offshore wind workforce by connecting beneficiaries with partner grants, loans, and technical assistance.
While offshore wind is expected to create jobs within construction and skilled trades, such as manufacturing, fabrication, welding, construction, and safety, it also has the potential to grow other local industries including medical, housing and childcare.
To meet the extensive demands of the long-term offshore wind project, the Program will provide supportive services to Humboldt County as it strategically plans to integrate this new industry into its community.
Specialized training and education will be made available through partnerships with Cal Poly Humboldt, College of the Redwoods, and labor unions.
These programs will provide direct path opportunities that transition participants into employment with businesses that are part of the offshore wind system supply chain. In addition, the program will support widespread community education and outreach pertaining to offshore wind energy.
Funding for this grant was provided through the discretionary funds made available to Governor Gavin Newsom in accordance with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and administered by the EDD and the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency.
For more information on this program, contact Humboldt County's Economic Development Division Director Scott Adair at 1-707-476-4800.