Utah trying to place greater emphasis on green jobs

Job seekers, employers and anyone interested is invited to attend the 2011 Job Fair/Tech Expo on Wednesday, September 21 starting at 2 p.m. and continuing until 6 p.m. at the Bridgerland Applied Technology College. The event is co-sponsored by BATC, the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Cache Chamber of Commerce and LDS Employment services.Juan Lucero, from the Logan office of Workforce Services, says of interest right now is a State Energy Grant to create 300 energy-related jobs. A particular focus would be in such areas as green construction, alternative fuels and renewable energy. Lucero says the classes are free, they last for approximately a year and so far only 33 of the 300 jobs have been filled.”There’s a push on these green jobs. The Department of Workforce Services is excited to work with Bridgerland to get these individuals placed in these new careers,” Lucero said on KVNU’s Crosstalk show Friday. “We have labor market information that people can go into and take a look on our website to see exactly how much (they) can make in this type of occupation, what’s the length of training, that type of stuff.”Lucero said employees can be from age 18 to 99 but so far those hired have averaged ages 45 to 50. He says veterans are especially encouraged to look into the jobs.

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