America’s Solar Industry: Where Do Workforce Boards Fit In?
Friday, September 22, 2:00 - 3:15 ET
The solar industry is booming. The industry employed 260,000 Americans in 2016, a growth of 25 percent since 2015, and a tripling of employment since 2010. Solar employment is expected to continue to increase, growing by 10 percent over 2017 to 286,335 workers. And solar is on the move within the energy sector. It employs 18.25 percent of energy sector workers, second only to oil and petroleum.
This solar boom is causing a worker shortage. In 2015, 84 percent of solar installers reported difficulty filling open installation positions. Over three quarters (77.6%) of all employers cited difficulty finding candidates with any specific training for positions, and a similar number (77.9%) reported difficulty finding candidates with any relevant work experience. Two thirds of employers indicated that difficulty filling open positions was both costing their firm money and restricting their ability to grow. Research also showed that most solar companies don’t work with their workforce boards, yet these are issues that boards can help with.
View the webinar recording or download the presentation to learn more about the solar workforce, be briefed on the Solar Training Network, which focuses on meeting the workforce needs of the solar industry through solar training and strategic employment partnerships (join today!), and efforts boards can undertake to support the solar industry in their regions.
- Josh Copus, Vice President and COO, National Association of Workforce Boards
- Roxie Brown, Program Director, The Solar Foundation
- Colin Nackerman, Program Coordinator, The Solar Foundation
- Terri Bergman, Director of Research and Programs, National Association of Workforce Boards
- Joel Shoemaker, Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education, Madison Area Technical College
- Odie Donald II, Director, DC Department of Employment Services