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Workforce Development

The primary aim of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) is to prevent work-related harm by assisting in the training of workers to protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials. As part of this prevention strategy, the WETP funds two programs that address critical workforce development issues directly affecting disadvantaged worker populations: the Minority Worker Training Program (MWTP) and the Brownfields Minority Worker Training Program (BMWTP). These programs provide innovative approaches to issues such as literacy, appropriate adult education techniques, training quality improvement, and other areas not directly addressed by the private sector.

Click on the Workforce Development subcategory menu to the left to access news, information, and reports related to workforce development issues and programs. Links to the NIEHS WETP Minority Worker Training Program and the Brownfields Minority Worker Training Program pages; the NIEHS National Clearinghouse Labor Market Study of Hazardous Waste Workers and Associated Emergency Responders; and to information on workforce development programs and regulations are found below.

External Links

  • U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Investment Act ( Exit NIEHS Website The purpose of this notice is to provide interested parties with the planning guidance for use by States in submitting two years of their Strategic Five-Year State Plan for Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and the Wagner-Peyser Act.
  • AFL-CIO Working for America Institute ( Exit NIEHS WebsiteThe American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Unions (AFL-CIO) Working for America Institute (WAI) is a union-sponsored, nonprofit organization dedicated to creating good jobs and building strong communities.
  • U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services (OATELS) Website ( Exit NIEHS Website The Office of Apprenticeship, is responsible for developing materials and conducting a program of public awareness to secure the adoption of training in skilled occupations and related training policies and practices used by employers, unions, and other organizations; developing policies and plans to enhance opportunities for minority and female participation in skilled training; and coordinating the effective use of Federal, labor, and resources to create a clear training-to-employment corridor for customers of the workforce development system.

Internal Links

  • Labor Market Study: Hazardous Waste Workers and Associated Emergency Responders ( et_blob.cfm?ID=562)
    September 1996. With tens of thousands of hazardous waste sites to be cleaned up within the next few decades, careful consideration needs to be given to the actual scope of work to be done by cleanup workers. This study analyzes the amount of work, skills needed, and payroll required to get the job done. It is a tool for those who train workers in job skills and in safe handling of hazardous materials, as well as those who plan and regulate work site cleanup.

  • National Day Labor Study ( et_blob.cfm?ID=2446)  Download Adobe Reader(860 KB)
    January 2006. 39 pages. This report profiles, for the first time, the national phenomenon of day labor in the United States and offers suggestions for protecting workers' rights.

  • NIEHS Participates in Six Sessions at Brownfields 2003 ( et_blob.cfm?ID=62)  Download Adobe Reader(209 KB)
    2003. 3 pages. From October 27-29, 2003, Portland, Oregon hosted Brownfields 2003: Growing a Greener America. During the conference, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), participated in six sessions related to the Brownfields Minority Worker Training Program (BMWTP), themed From Justice to Safety to Diversity and Worker Training. NIEHS also shared an information booth with the EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) and Labor Health and Safety Task Force, which provided awardees the opportunity to share success stories and lessons learned with their colleagues. Department of Health & Human Services National Institutes of Health
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