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Training and upskilling programs

Workforce Development


Installing cooling infrastructure requires a skilled workforce to install and maintain it. Heat risk reduction and preparedness interventions can create new jobs and career pathways such as cool roofs, green roofs, and solar panel installation. Workforce development programs can be used to ensure that a trained workforce is in place to implement as interventions are scaled.


Establish training programs to provide training and as appropriate, certification in trades to support implementation of interventions.

Considerations for Use

Trainings create opportunities for partnership with community-based organizations, education institutions, and private sector employers. Workforce development programs can be piloted and scaled with the growth of the corresponding intervention. Programs can also be targeted to particular residential demographics.


  • Climate:

    Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
  • Policy Levers:

    Workforce DevelopmentPrograms and investments that grow a workforce and support skill growth, training, and education.
  • Trigger Points:

    City planning processesIncludes city initiatives such as the development of climate action plan, pathway to zero-energy, master plan, transit plan, energy mapping etc.
  • Intervention Types:

  • Sectors:

    Economic Development, Informal Settlements

Case Studies


  • Target Beneficiaries:

    Heat-vulnerable communities, Residents
  • Phase of Impact:

    Risk reduction and mitigation
  • Metrics:

    Number of people trained in each skill or occupation


  • Intervention Scale:

  • Authority and Governance:

    City government
  • Implementation Timeline:

    Short-term (1-2 Years)
  • Implementation Stakeholders:

    City government
  • Funding Sources:

    Public investment
  • Capacity to Act:

    High, Low, Medium


  • Cost-Benefit:

  • Public Good:

  • GHG Reduction:

  • Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):

  • Co-benefits (Social/Economic):

    Build community capacity, Create jobs