Green Job Market – Canadian Advice For Transition

February 27, 2008 at 4:16 pm 1 comment

green-jobsGreen jobs are very much on the rise, now that the Green collar sector has become firmly established in the recruitment lingo. A Canadian organisation has created a helpful document advising companies on how to make a succesful transition.

The document, released earlier this week, is entitled Our Green Future: Confronting Climate Change – A just transition to green jobs and it is published by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).

The organisation addresses questions that arise from governments’ actions to combat climate change. The main issue is the question of how will the economy be affected and what will happen to workers, their families and communities.

”If a business faces tough regulation or a high carbon tax, will layoffs follow? How will workers and communities adapt as businesses are remodelled in a greener image?”, NUPGE writes on its website. The organisation recommends that the government play a lead role in providing support for workers, their families and communities as they transition to a cleaner economy.

”Strategic initiatives may include protection income, pensions and benefits, training incentives, career planning, as well as sustainable industrial strategies”, it says.
Check the site out here.

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  • 1. Barbara Parks  |  February 28, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    What will happen to workers, their families and communities when our great and growing green economy starts shaking out the toxic and obsolete industries and market sectors?

    Of course, the answers aren’t simple, but the strategic planning for all affected simply and seriously must take place now. And whether government or industry leads the initiatives to protect laid-off workers, workers must be included in the discussion (perhaps inviting their families and the community to the table, as well).

    I fully agree with NUPGE president James Clancy that a comprehensive strategy must support “partners in change, not victims of change.” The only way we can assure this is to see that everyone is invited to the table – well before the lay-offs occur!

    I’ll never forget two experiences working with dislocated workers affected by layoffs in the early 90s:

    as an outplacement counselor. . . to arrive at a corporate headquarters conference room just in time to witness human resource staff announcing to the assembled employees that this was their last day; then, in the same breath, introducing me before quickly leaving the room. I could feel the palpable shock surrounding me as I cleared my throat before reviewing Kubler-Ross’ grief cycle (an “extra” we threw in before outlining the job search services now available to them). I don’t think the newly-laid off workers remembered a word I said the next day. I often worked on the grief cycle with someone for several months before they could conduct any job search effectively. (Yet, I was repeatedly called on spending too much time with one individual.)

    as a Dislocated Worker Counselor. . . to have to tell a client that his portion of government retraining funds was not quite enough to retrain for a living wage job but he might want to consider upgrading general computer skills to become more employable/qualified in a market full of $10/hr jobs. (This, to a 55-year-old man laid off from a $26/hour printing industry job – with two kids still in college.)

    My years of experience in the Dislocated Worker Program “trenches” helped to shape the expertise I offer my clients today in my career coaching practice. I learned the basic strategy of landing a “good” job helping individuals who needed one immediately. As founder of Green Career Tracks, I uphold my commitment to help anyone who wants to pursue work and career opportunities that promote ecological, social, and economic sustainability. The growing green economy is full of rich possibilities and career opportunities. The opportunities will far outweigh the job losses if we make sure they’re available for everyone this time around.

    Barbara Parks is founder of Green Career Tracks, one of the first career coaching services in the U.S. to support careers that promote ecological, social and economic sustainability.


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