Developing the Next Generation of Cleantech Employees
An Open Letter to Boston Cleantech Employers:
The last 2 years have been challenging, but Boston cleantech/clean energy companies are thriving, thanks to the drive, talent and innovative spirit of the region’s cleantech entrepreneurs, growing firms, and established companies, the strategic investments made by our considerable cleantech venture capital community, and state and local goverment policy that recognizes the strength and growth potential of the clean energy industry.
Last summer, in the midst of the recession, I introduced Mayor Menino to a dozen cleantech CEO’s, and I think we were all surprised and delighted to hear that every single one of those companies was creating jobs and growing.
The labor market remains awash with talented individuals who want to join the clean energy field. But we all need to work together to ensure that the workforce pipeline remains full, and that young people entering the job market have the skills, experience, and credentials to be competitive.
I know that many of you are committed to hiring locally. I want to commend Fast Cap Systems, a relatively new addition to the City and to the Innovation District, for their leadership on this issue. And challenge all of you to learn more about how you can support Mayor Menino and his effort to create summer youth employment opportunities for our young citizens.
I hope you’ll participate in a briefing next Monday June 20th, 10:30 am at the BRA’s offices in the Marine Industrial Park at 22 Drydock Ave. to learn more about how you can engage a Boston high school student in a valuable summer internship learning experience.
Josh Bruno, School-to-Career and Employer Engagement Director, at the Private Industry Council, which administers the City’s summer youth employment program, will be there to answer questions. In the meantime, calls and emails are also welcome. Please contact Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-488-1327 for more info or to participate in the briefing.
Our industry is laser focused on developing products and services that reduce environmental impacts, while