Workforce Development

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AAEF’s Workforce Development mission is to develop an equitable pipeline of clean economy career education and skill development:

For diverse students and adults to gain equitable, quality, family-sustaining jobs.

For employers to access a qualified workforce pool.

For public and private partners to streamline offerings and leverage funding together.

To reduce our collective impact on climate change and human health.

Sustainability and Advanced Energy Workforce

There is no established definition of green jobs, but is usually described as any emerging careers with environmental benefit, especially those for which employers currently must train their talent internally and do not have established educational pathways. This may include renewable energy, energy efficiency, utilities, transportation, sustainability/ESG, design and construction, land use, water, manufacturing, etc.

Advanced Energy jobs are growing twice as fast as the national average with almost half not requiring a college degree, but offering salaries above the national median.

Reference: “Job Opportunities in Advanced Energy” by Advanced Energy Economy and The Burning Glass Institute. October 2022.

In Demand Industries



Project Management


Electric Vehicles


Energy Efficiency

Energy Engineers

Our Programs


Registered apprenticeship is a proven, industry-driven career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce. AAEF is a Registered Apprenticeship Provider with the Department of Labor.

Future Ideas

  1. Industry alignment, demand, mapping
  2. Resource Lists
    1. For Educators
      1. Exposure support
    2. For Employers
      1. Education Provider List
    3. Exposure
      1. Green Jobs Festival (1 day)
      2. Pre-apprenticeship (6-8 week)
    4. Collaborative workforce grants

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About Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation

Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation promotes greater public understanding of advanced energy in Arkansas through research, public education programs and economic and workforce development.