What is The Solar Training Network?
The Solar Training Network is a new program of The Solar Foundation that is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. This program is designed to help meet the workforce needs of the solar industry through solar training and strategic employment partnerships.
The Solar Foundation was awarded $2.1 million (over two years) to serve as the National Administrator of the Solar Training Network. This program is the successor to the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) spearheaded by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
The Solar Foundation was selected to lead the Solar Training Network based on years of thought leadership in solar labor market intelligence, education, technical assistance, and workforce development. The Solar Foundation’s annual Solar Jobs Census has been the trusted, go-to resource for solar jobs information for the past six years. The Solar Training Network will tackle one of the key challenges identified in the Jobs Census series, which is the ever-increasing need for skilled solar workers.
Together, The Solar Foundation and its partners will develop and strengthen connections between solar trainers, job seekers, solar employers, workforce development boards, and other key industry leaders. It is anticipated that the Solar Training Network will ignite an industry-wide discussion over the issues related to talent acquisition, solar career pathways, career management, solar training, and installation best practices as a whole.
The Solar Training Network Benefits:
- Connection opportunities with training providers, employers, and job seekers
- A job seeker-to-employer connection platform though a robust, member-only web portal
- Solar job fairs and other regional training events
- Solar training resources and content
- A national directory of solar training providers
- A comprehensive national solar company directory
Join The Solar Training Network Today
Are you a solar training provider interested in helping your students find employment after course completion? Or a solar employer looking for new, trained solar employees? If either of these describe you, follow the prompts below to join the new Solar Training Network today.
Training Provider Application
Employer Partners Application