Veterans bring unique skills to solar construction

By Solar Power World

While staffing shortages have impacted the construction industry for decades and worsened in recent years, large-scale solar EPC contractors like McCarthy Building Companies have found success recruiting U.S. military veterans who, in turn, are streamlining solar installation and construction processes by creating efficiencies through logistics.

Military veterans are a segment of the labor force that deserves attention and are helping to fill gaps. Vets currently make up about 7% of the construction workforce, and approximately 200,000 vets transition out of the military each year. The appeal for hiring veterans includes a unique set of hard and soft skills as well as attitudinal characteristics that make them great new hires and leaders in construction. Continue reading here.

  • Referenced in the article: The Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program, which was implemented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to assist transitioning service members in finding post-military employment.
  • See Also: Solar Ready Vets Fellowships, Interstate Renewable Energy Council  
    The Solar Ready Vets Fellowship is implemented by the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program with support from IREC and Solar Energy Industries Association. This program is offered to employers at no cost and supports a smooth transition from active duty to leadership roles in the civilian solar workforce. 


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