NEW: Solar Training and Hiring Insights 2017
The Solar Training Network has released an in-depth report showcasing solar industry trends, employer preferences and case studies, the business case for investment in training, a state-by-state index of demand for workforce development, and more. Read the report here.
What is The Solar Training Network?
The Solar Training Network is a program led by The Solar Foundation and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy 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. Through the Solar Training Network, we 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
What is the Solar Career Platform?
Recently, the Solar Training Network launched an online solar career platform designed to match job candidates with training and career opportunities in the rapidly growing solar workforce. The platform will provide career resources for solar job seekers and connect solar trainers and employers to qualified applicants.
The Solar Foundation is encouraging solar companies and training providers to sign up and create profiles on this newly launched web platform. Interested parties can access the platform by creating a free account at SolarTrainingUSA.org.