There are now more than 100,000 people working in the clean energy sector across Massachusetts. What is the state doing right?

This week, we're talking about workforce development in cleantech.

In recent months, we've seen a sharp increase in requests from listeners asking for advice on job opportunities in cleantech. There are also many educators and economic development experts trying to stay ahead of the curve. If this industry becomes as big as everyone says it will be, how can local economies reap the benefit?

This subject is particularly relevant at a time when everyone is talking about the future of work. We are in the middle of one of the most dramatic economic transitions in history. The forces of globalization, automation and consumer tech are shattering traditional notions of work. In parallel, cleantech and other distributed technologies are changing what it means to work in energy.

This week, we sit down with Tamika Jacques, the director of workforce development at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. We’ll answer some common career questions and look at what it takes to build a successful cleantech jobs strategy in a state or region. 

This podcast is sponsored by KACO New Energy, a leading solar inverter company with superior engineering and unmatched customer service.

Below are some career resources mentioned by Jacques on the podcast:

-- MassCEC jobs board

-- Clean Energy Education website

-- Northeast Clean Energy Council

-- Greentown Labs events calendar