The White House’s climate change goals, which call for greenhouse gas emissions to be cut by up to 28% by 2025, could be a major boon for jobs in the solar industry.
The Obama Administration is announcing actions to supporting our veterans in getting a share of those job opportunities. The president unveiled a plan to train 75,000 solar workers including veterans, by 2020. This is an increase from the previous goal of training 50,000 solar workers by 2020 announced in May 2014.
The Department of Energy, (DOE), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), launched The Solar Ready Vets program at ten military bases on Friday, April 3, a program which prepares veterans to work in the solar industry. The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) has praised the move. SEIA President Rhone Resch has estimated that the solar industry will likely surpass the goal of 75,000 new jobs by 2020.
The pilot program on Camp Pendleton had already produced results: Of the 20 Marines, who completed training on February 13, each received at least one job offer from the five major U.S. solar firms who are recruiting as part of the program.
The DOE provides four to six weeks of free training to veterans who are transitioning from active military duty to the private sector. The training program is based on the specific needs of high-growth solar employers and is tailored to build on the skills that veterans have acquired through their service. This accelerated training will prepare them for careers in the solar industry as installers, sales representatives, system inspectors, and other solar-related occupations.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has committed to working with DOE to direct some GI Bill funding to the program. Over time, this approval will allow more veterans across the country to use their GI Bill benefits to participate in this job-driven training program through local community colleges, where they will quickly learn the skills needed for good-paying jobs in the solar industry. The Department of Labor (DOL), will work with DOD to make sure that transitioning service members are made aware of solar workforce training programs available to them in their last months of military service.
Veterans possess important skills that transfers easily to the civilian workforce. We at America’s Job Exchange are committed to supporting veteran hiring and applaud all employers who recruit veterans. Additionally, we service some solar industry employers who regularly list their jobs with us. For more information, please visit http://www.americasjobexchange.com/