The solar industry is creating 1 out of every 50 jobs in the United States (2% of the overall total) and supported $154 billion in economic output in 2016, according to The Solar Foundation’s (TSF) National Solar Job Census. Naturally, those jaw-dropping numbers are encouraging more people to seek jobs in this obviously successful industry.
Thanks to U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative funding and TSF’s diligent administration, those job seekers now have a clearinghouse where job seekers can find jobs that require their expertise – in their state – and apply for them all in one place.
Of course, the site only works if companies and trainers sign up and create profiles, which they can do by creating a free account at SolarTrainingUSA.org.
“The Solar Training Network is bridging the gap between supply and demand in the U.S. solar workforce,” said Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director at TSF. “Solar employers will use this unique web platform to find well-trained, qualified candidates, and job seekers will gain access to training and employment opportunities.”
Job seekers SolarTrainingUSA.org can access the site for free and use the interactive map to see what jobs are available in their states. Trainers, employers, and workforce boards can feature events, job fairs, and career openings. It also includes includes TSF’s latest research on the solar workforce.
“This website allows trainers, students, and solar employers to connect and communicate seamlessly with one another,” said Gerald Bernstein, director of the Advanced Transportation and Renewable Energy Program at City College of San Francisco. “Employment is expanding rapidly, especially in states that don’t already have a large solar workforce. Knowledge of solar-training opportunities, financial aid solutions, dedicated solar career resources and solar job openings will make solar careers obtainable for more people nationwide.”
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