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Filling the Gap with Clean Energy Careers: Job Market Outlook and Opportunities
Friday, June 3, 2011 8:30-9:30am San Francisco / 11:30-12:30pm New York / 5:30-6:30pm Paris and Frankfurt
Amidst near record levels of unemployment, America had hoped clean energy jobs would aid in our economic recovery. Indeed the solar, energy efficiency, and green building industries are poised for significant growth. Will employment in these fields follow suit?
While the cleantech job market has indeed been growing, the demand from these sectors cannot possibly keep pace with job losses. Additionally, cleantech employers are claiming some difficulty in finding the right people to fill open positions, despite sizeable applicant pools (SolarTech Workforce Innovation).
Is lagging workforce development the culprit? Are employers being unreasonable in their experience requirements? Are on-the-job training tactics sufficient or are training programs needed to fill the gap? Join this online meeting as we discuss this challenge and possible solutions.
In what fields are the current and most prevalent job opportunities and where are they located? Of these, what percentage are entry-level that do not require previous training or experience?
Increasingly more community colleges and unions are offering clean energy training programs. Is the number of applicable jobs available in line with the number of graduates?
What can be done to ensure more clean energy job seekers find more open positions?
How necessary is a 1-2 year experience requirement in a manufacturing or installation position? Can on-the job training programs be augmented in order to encourage more applicants?
How can educational programs, trade associations, employers and research firms work together to find more of the right people for the right jobs?