Solar September 2017
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Solar September – as presenter or participant. It was an exciting and content-rich time, designed to help workforce boards build new connections with the rapidly growing solar industry.
The Solar September campaign provided information to help workforce development boards support the solar industry in their areas. The campaign informed workforce development boards about opportunities to engage with solar employers and place job seekers into training programs that lead to careers in solar energy.
There are more than 260,000 workers employed by solar, and last year 1 out of every 50 new jobs created in the U.S. was a solar job. The Solar Training Network is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, and is designed to meet the workforce needs of the solar industry through solar training and strategic employment partnerships. NAWB is a key partner in this effort to train 75,000 people for careers in solar by 2020.
SolarTrainingUSA.org has been developed as a connection hub for solar job seekers, solar companies looking for new hires, solar training providers, and workforce development boards. We encourage workforce boards to go there now and register on the site to begin the process of connecting with solar employers, trainers, and job seekers.
Solar September Events
In case you missed any of the activities, you can access recaps here on the Solar September website:
- Listen to our Solar September podcast with Andrea Luecke, The Solar Foundation President and Executive Director.
- View information from our Solar September webinar, America's Solar Industry: Where Do Workforce Boards Fit In?
- Check out Tweets from our Solar September Twitter Chat, with its focus on solar workforce issues.
Solar September may be over, but there are still opportunities for you to become involved in solar workforce development.
- Register your board on SolarTrainingUSA.org so that you can find solar businesses and training providers in your area, and they can find you and connect with job seekers at your career center.
- Make plans to host a Solar Summit where solar businesses, training partners, and workforce boards gather to discuss in-demand jobs, skill needs, training programs, and how workforce boards can facilitate these connections. Download the Solar Summit Toolkit to help you plan this event.
- Tell us about your solar programs and initiatives - Does your workforce board have an active program or initiative to engage solar businesses or place job seekers into solar careers? Sharing your program and best practices nationally supports other boards who are implementing similar programs and builds awareness of opportunities in solar careers. Share your best practice with us and let us feature your successes in upcoming NAWB workforce newsletters.
- Access research and data on solar energy training and careers to help you understand and connect with your won local solar industry.
- Learn about NAWB’s Solar Training Initiative as part of the Solar Training Network.
- Follow @WorkforceInvest and @STN_USA on Twitter, and use the hashtag #SolarSept when tweeting about your activities or programs.