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Career and Technical Education (CTE) For Climate Jobs

In response to the April 2022 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report’s dire predictions about the impacts of climate change, this MDRC paper states that accompanying a rise in demand for clean energy systems and products is a growing shortage of workers trained in the building, installation, operation, and maintenance of new technologies. The need to rapidly expand the number of good climate jobs with family-sustaining wages and advancement opportunities offers an opportunity to provide redress for communities historically lacking adequate access to economic opportunity. It is more important than ever to develop new evidence-based pathways and models of career and technical education (CTE) that can meet the needs of a changing labor market. The paper presents (1) an overview of the scope of jobs that are affected by the transition to a clean energy and climate-resilient economy; (2) a review of the current state of policies aimed at expanding the climate workforce; (3) a review of the evidence about CTE; and (4) a discussion of barriers and potential solutions to improving the education and training pipeline to support an economic transition that is just and equitable.

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