Work-based learning programs are valuable tools both for talent recruitment and skill development within a regional solar workforce. As the solar industry evolves and matures, work-based learning is emerging as a central component of solar workforce development and as an investment in longterm industry stability.
In partnership with The Solar Foundation, the MREA engaged four mid-sized solar companies across Wisconsin and Illinois in partnerships to pilot a work-based learning program. This project aimed to expand on existing regional partnerships in order to model a solar industry internship program representing a diversity of solar career pathways. The participating contractors were identified based on broader conversations about regional training and hiring needs, and had previously worked with the MREA on successful training efforts. Each firm has expressed commitment to workforce development, anticipating that without
coordinated efforts by all market stakeholders, hiring challenges would likely continue.
Clean Energy Scholarship Award:
The MREA offers a Clean Energy Scholarship to help with educational costs for students pursuing degrees related to clean energy and sustainable living. Applications are Due April, 15th.
To learn more and to apply visit: https://www.midwestrenew.org/scholarships/
Questions contact us at 715-592-6595.