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Utility Workers Union & Power For America Join To Launch Apprenticeship Program To ‘Offer A Path For Employment’ For Renewable Energy Jobs

Published Thursday, August 15, 2019
by www.tdworld.com
Utility Workers Union & Power For America Join To Launch Apprenticeship Program To ‘Offer A Path For Employment’ For Renewable Energy Jobs

The Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) and Power for America Training Trust Fund (P4A) have announced a unique, new Union Apprenticeship Program that provides World-Class Skills Training and a path to employment for in-demand jobs in the Renewable Energy Sector.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)-certified, program provides individuals with specialized skills to remain at the forefront of the off-shore and on-shore wind, solar generation and battery storage fields.

The hybrid, earn-while-you-learn program meets a growing demand from renewable energy companies for highly-skilled individuals to fill thousands of new job openings in an industry that’s doubled in size over the past decade.

While community colleges across the country have offered similar skills training, this Apprenticeship Program provides on-the-job experience.

The benefit of the UWUA and P4A partnership means students are earning salary and benefits from the first day they enter the program.

“The members who successfully move through this important program are a ‘triple-threat’ within the renewable energy industry,” UWUA President James Slevin said. “Armed with the ‘know-how to move seamlessly between’ wind, solar and battery storage facilities, their skillsets ‘will continue to be in demand for a long time to come.’”

 “These are the ‘jobs of the future’ and ‘if we’re going to remain on the cutting edge of the energy industry, the skills we teach must reflect those of the ever-changing energy industry,’” P4A Executive Director Jon Harmon said. “This ‘important’ program taps into P4A’s decade of success training and placing individuals in high-skilled positions ‘that allow them to stand-out in the workplace and be placed in good, family-supporting jobs.’”

Once individuals complete the three-phase, two-and-a-half-year program they have a job with Michigan-based Consumers Energy.

To Read This Labor News Report In Its Entirety, Go To: www.tdworld.com/safety-and-training/apprenticeship-program-trains-future-workforce-renewable-energy

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