White House announces new solar workforce development program

The White House recently announced a new program designed to help train more Americans for careers in the rapidly expanding solar workforce. The $2.1 million program is known as the Solar Training Network, and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative under the Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) funding program. The Solar Training Network will help build the infrastructure to meet President Obama’s 2015 commitment to train 75,000 people for careers in solar by 2020. The program aims to enhance and expand solar training resources and connect employers to qualified applicants.

image credit: energy.gov

image credit: energy.gov

The Solar Training Network is designed to address a critical need for high-quality, local, accessible training in solar installation and related skills. The Network allows for greater connection between solar employers, trainers and training institutions, workforce investment boards, and trainees and job seekers, in order to meet ever-changing market demands, especially in regions like New England, where solar energy is rapidly expanding.

Read an overview of the program at energy.gov or visit the Solar Training Network website at www.solartrainingusa.org.