Strategies for Solar Workforce Development: A Toolkit for the Solar Industry was published by the Solar Training Network, a program The Solar Foundation leads that is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.
The toolkit is designed to help meet the high demand for qualified employees and build a skilled and diverse solar workforce. Written for both large employers and small solar businesses, the toolkit includes a detailed guide for setting up work-based learning programs to invest in current and future workers.
This new toolkit includes a Workforce Development Action Plan showing how solar companies can partner with local workforce development boards and American Job Centers to support the hiring, recruitment, and training process.
The toolkit also includes a step-by-step implementation guide for building a work-based learning program, including internships, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training.
Download the toolkit here.
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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
In this op-ed for pv magazine, The Solar Foundation’s Chris Walker explores issues of aligning solar training programs with workforce needs. Walker is Senior Program Manager for the Solar Training Network at The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar and solar-compatible technologies worldwide.